Have you ever found yourself in the desperate situation of craving a more sophisticated and fun drink while at a function that is serving simple spirits, wine and beer? Well I am here to help you — but I cannot take credit for the brilliance I’m about to impart. I owe this post, this hack to my dear friend Amy Rosen.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Amy, she’s a fellow (amazing) travel and (incredibly talented) food writer. Really more so – a food authority. And, I would definitely say she has an disposition for making alcohol taste better.
While sitting with her during a dinner recently, she took on the role of transformational bartender – making love out of nothing at all – aka Sangria’s out of gin + tonics.
What is normal Sangria exactly? Well, Wikipedia describes it as such:
“Sangria is a typical beverage from Spain and Portugal. It normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. Chopped fruit can include orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwifruit and mango. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice is added. Instead of brandy, other liquids such as Seltzer, Sprite or 7 Up may be added. Sangria is steeped while chilled for as little as minutes or up to a few days.
But really, it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Amy so graciously shared her hack with me so in turn I could share it with you. Goodbye boring weddings, cheap dinner parties and night’s out on a budget, hello fun times in the church hall and cabarets!
This is Amy Rosen’s Sangria hack.
Gin + Tonic
A dash of salt and pepper
*Strawberry (more than one is better – extra points for the garnish strawberry)
Then … work those forearm muscles performing some intense straw muddling, and voila – your tasty makeshift sangria awaits.
*Amy insists that if available, aim for in-season Ontario strawberries. 🙂
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