As summer begins to wind down, I have been looking for ways to take advantage of all the wonderful fruit in season and mixing them with wine seems like the perfect way to do just that. With Fiesta celebrations in Santa Barbara this past weekend, what better time to make a fresh batch of sangria?!
2 bottles of red wine (a cheap house wine works great)
4 tbs. sugar
1 large can of pineapple chunks (with the juice)
1 basket strawberries
1 liter ginger ale
Pour both bottles of red wine into a large pitcher and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and squeeze the juice from 2 of the oranges, 2 of the lemons, and 1 of the limes into the wine. Add the can of pineapple chunks including the juice and slice the rest of the fruit into wedges (trying to get out as much of the seeds as possible). Add the orange, lemon, and lime slices and chill in the fridge overnight. Add strawberries, ginger ale, and ice right before serving. If you do not have the time to let it sit overnight, just make sure to serve it over lots of ice.
This recipe is really easy to make, delicious, and perfect for summer gatherings with friends! Viva la fiesta!