The weather in New England has been beyond hot... Weeks before the official start of summer we've already begun to see temperatures in the nineties. A few days it was at 97 degrees - ouch! NOT a good week for my car's air conditioner to break down.
So what's a girl to do? When life gives you lemons, throw them into a pitcher of red wine with some other fruit!
Here's what I worked with:
2 of the cheapest bottles of red wine I could find, Sweet Red at Wal-Mart cost $2.77 a bottle
3 each of limes, lemons, and oranges (rinsed)
White Sugar (or sugar substitute)
*This tastes better made at least a full day in advance. The more these ingredients sit together, the better flavor your sangria will have.
Very quick steps:
1) Pick a pitcher to use, and empty your wine into it
2) Add the sugar; I used about a quarter cup
3) Squeeze as much juice out of your citrus fruits and pour into the pitcher. You get a ton of juice with a reamer. I saved a few slices to put on top for show.
4) Put in pieces of pineapple, I used maybe a quarter of the pineapple
5) Let it sit until you just can't take it anymore! Pour over ice, garnish with fruit, and voila! Instant refresher!
My closest pitcher was a bit small, and it overflowed a little! The hardest part is waiting a day to drink it.
Cheers - and stay cool!
Here's the reamer that I use, and I LOVE it! It's cheap, and gets so much juice out of your fruit for you:
While you're at it, grab a new set of glasses and make it fancy!