In my previous post, I mentioned we would be given a glass of Sangria when we arrived at the residents BBQ later this month.
Looking Sangria up on WIKI, one of the definitions is being a fruit punch with brandy.
This reminds me of my hostess days many years ago when I would make a punch for my guests which was very popular. I even had a proper punch bowl with little cups and a ladle.
I made this cocktail for practically every party we gave, but no-one ever got drunk on it, although the bowl was added to frequently during the course of the evening.
This is the recipe I used:
1 bottle ginger wine
2 bottles cheap white sparkling wine
1 bottle red wine
1 half bottle spirit (I used rum or brandy: I never used whiskey, so can’t comment)
4 bottles lemonade
These were all put together in the punchbowl (if your bowl is smaller, use half quantities)
I added sliced oranges, lemons and limes (cucumber works too) for garnish, and in the summer, plenty of ice cubes!
The Secret was in my reserve additions, which was an optional bottle of white wine and nothing more than lemonade.
So, as the evening progressed, the punch actually got weaker in alcohol content but didn’t lose its flavour.
No-one noticed either, especially the alcoholic I was living with who never saw me prepare it, neither did I ever tell him my ‘secret ingredient’.
I’ll let you know in due course how our Wine/Canopés and BBQ evenings went.