Happy Mother’s Day! Two different moms at church wished me a “happy mother’s day” after I greeted them with the phrase. I think my dad wished my mom “happy birthday” after our family lunch! I guess when there is celebration in the air, the specifics sometimes get mixed up — and that is okay. :)
Today I finished my last assignment of the spring semester. No more class and no more homework until August! As a reward, I decided to mix together some makeshift sangria. It dawned on me that making sangria is kind of like making a casserole. You just need a few core elements, but you can really be creative with the details and amounts. There is something about the melding together process that is very forgiving and pretty much fool-proof.
For sangria, I start with a base of wine. The wine can be red, white, sparkling, rosé — really, you can choose from the whole spectrum. I would just recommend a cheap wine, because why tinker with a really nice one? I trust the melding process — the mixing ingredients will make a cheap wine delicious. Along with the wine, I pour in a few dashes of whatever liquor we might have on hand. I have used whiskey, tequila, vodka, bourbon, brandy, and others. Airplane bottles of liquor are great for sangria. Finally, I add in chopped fruit (apples, pears, pomegranate seeds, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes) and something sweet (such as agave nectar, simple syrup, or fruit juice). In summary, you need wine, liquor, chopped fruit, and something sweet. Just add, mix, and taste to your liking!
For this particular concoction, I used a Trader Joe’s Merlot, tequila, chopped apples & pears, a bit of fresh apple & pear juice (that I had just juiced), pomegranate seeds, a few dashes of lime juice, and some sparkling lemonade to top it all off. From all of the recipes that I’ve found on the Internet, I am convinced that it is hard to go wrong with sangria!