We’ve been having people over quite often in the last few weeks, so I’m always looking for some easy, crowd-pleasing options. And when it comes to drinks, the one option that’s worked like magic is Sangria. I know, I know, it is hard to disappoint when wine, juice and fruits come together!
Sangria is really simple to make and you can make this in batches when there’s a larger crowd. These days there are a lot of pre-mixes available in the market but, I’d urge you to try and make your own because it is really so, so easy. There’s the classic red wine version which never fails to please but at home we lean more towards white wine, so that’s the base for most of the Sangrias we make.
Recently when we had some friends over for a night of board games and unlimited laughter, I decided to serve Sangria. But I didn’t want to make the one with apples, orange or even pineapples. Ever since I tried some of the Sangrias at ITC Grand Central, I’ve been wanting to experiment at home too. So I decided to use one of my favourite fruits – watermelon – along with red grapes to make the beverage. Read the recipe below and you’ll know why I say it’s simpler to make this from scratch.
Watermelon & red grape Sangria
Makes 4-5 glasses
1/2 cup watermelon, chopped
5-6 red grapes, deseeded and chopped
1/2 a bottle of white wine (approx. 350 ml)
60 ml of Grand Marnier (or any orange flavoured liqueur)
200 ml of apple juice
Put the fruits and Grand Marnier in a carafe or a jug. Gently muddle it just so that the flavours of the fruits seep in. Allow it to rest for 15 minutes.
Now pour the white wine and the apple juice, mix it well and serve immediately in wine glasses.
*To enhance the flavour you can add some mint leaves or even a bit of fresh basil
*Try a combination of musk melon with apples or even pear with strawberries to add some variation
*Instead of apple juice, you can use a combination of peach or apricot juices or even a splash of cranberry juice in the Sangria
Remember, whatever you do, don’t let the flavours of the juice overpower the mix. A good Sangria is when the fruits shine through with the subtle taste of the wine.