Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Already? Pass it over here - Sangria Recipe

I don't know how yours was, but my weekend can best be summed up in two words:  too short.

I'm sure we all feel a dab of this every Sunday evening/Monday morning, but I can usually haul myself out of it.  This time, not so much.  After all the goings on last week I could really use an extra day off.  How about you?

Friday night I got take out and vegged on the couch with my favorite Primetime, 20/20 and Dateline episodes.  If there's a suspicious character within a 20 mile radius I think I could pick him out.  The I.D. Channel is my fave!  On Saturday I slept late while the Chef visited his mom in the ICU.  She was still a little groggy, but did sit up for a bit which is great news.  Later in the day while she was resting we hit the beach for a couple hours and relaxed in the wind and the sun.  It got a little crazy at times, but was a heyday for kite fliers and surfers alike.

 There's the Chef trying to keep sand from blowing up his nose while kites flew in the distance.

Sunday was a flood of relaxation and barbecuing.  The Chef hooked it up big time with some yummy appetizers (recipe later this week) and we finally dipped into the fabulous Sangria he made last Monday...it's been resting for more than a few days with everything that happened, so was even more perfect.

Let's pour one out ladies and gents.  Here's to Monday - and this week going by quickly!

Sangria
2 ea plumb, peach, nectarine cut in 1/8
1 ea apple and lemon cut in 1/8
1/2pt strawberry cut halved
1/4pt cherries halved and
3C red wine
6oz peach schnapps
6oz coconut rum
12oz pomegranate juice
Club soda

To begin with, this recipe is easy.  The Chef has made several versions and I think this is our favorite to date because of the Pom Juice, Peach Schnapps and Coconut Rum.  So without further delay, let's get to it.

What you need to do first is cut your fruit.  To cut fruit with stones - first cut the fruit in half and then remove the pit.  From there cut each half into 4.  For the apple - first cut it in quarters and then cut out the core.  From there cut each piece in half.  Strawberries are self-explanatory.

As the fruit is being cut up, add it to your Sangria pitcher.  I use a martini pitcher because I'm secretly enamored with the glass stir stick.

Seems like a lot of fruit, but is the perfect amount.


Next simply combine the remaining ingredients and gently stir.  Have you ever used Pom Juice in your Sangria?  The Chef swears by it and I would have to agree that it adds a certain something to the taste.


Once all ingredients are combined let the Sangria marinate overnight in your refrigerator.

 Of course this is not the refrigerator.  Wanted you to see it with all the liquid added.

To serve: fill glass 3/4 with ice, pour Sangria over top and add some fruit. Finish with 1/2oz club soda.

Fruit on ice.
Pouring it out - is it Friday yet?

Ready for the Club Soda.
Mmmmmbubbles.  This was mine.
But this was the Chef's.  Cool bubble action!!

If you have an ingredient that sends your Sangria to the next level, we would love to hear about it.  In the meantime, bottoms up!  What did you do this weekend?

And thank you again to everyone for the kindest, most heartfelt comments and emails regarding the Chef's mom.  Your thoughts and prayers are so much appreciated and dear to our hearts. 

Here's a parting shot of Saturday's kites and kite surfers taken with the Hipstamatic.


p.s.  Today is the last day to enter for the Ebelskiver giveaway!!  Comments accepted at the giveaway post until 11:59 PST tonight.  Good luck everyone!!

80 comments:

She Wore It Well said...

Gosh that sangria looks wonderful. I'm justa at the airport returning from my terrible trip... Noooothing seems to be going right :( sigh

xx

Katie said...

That sangria looks delicious! Definitely want to try it!

kirstyb said...

sangria is defo perfect for a monday xxx

fashion clocked said...

oh my gosh.. monday morning and im craving that sangria recipe so badly! Look delicious and i will certainly be enjoying some in September on holidays! The beach shots are gorgeous- i love seeing all the kites up.xxx
fashion clocked
Katie.xxx

Jessica said...

I'm so happy to hear that squeezed in a little bit of relaxation this weekend - especially after last week's whirlwind.

Beach + sangria = perfect weekend.

style'n said...

Carrie,
you know I really don't have a good "go to" sangria recipe so will have to give this a try. I am going to grab the recipe now before I forget later. Hope the beach was nice! (And you have a good eye for spotting the Antrho belt!)
Naina

Café Bellini said...

Oh I'm so glad and relieved you got to relax over the weekend! And good to hear that Chef's mother is doing well. Thank goodness! phew. I love sangria - I will be trying this out soon, thanks!!! Hope we both have a non-eventful week :-)

Lynzy said...

I am OBSESSED with sangria! I have been looking for the perfect recipe and will have to try yours :)


xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

PhotoPuddle said...

Ooooo, that looks good! I've not had sangria in years. This weekend I was drinking very summery Pimms. Do you have that over there? It's really yummy!

Laura said...

Hey! This is my first time at your blog... I love it! And love your sangria recipe... I have three that I tried this summer too... Isn't it sooooo good? I def have to try yours. You would love the ones I have too... They're from whole foods. Check them out if you get a chance!

Http://whereisthelolo.blogspot.com. Under recipes labels

Xoxo
Laura

Abby said...

Nice! My weekend was too short as well... I woke up late this morning. Supposed to start practicing piano at 8 otherwise I'd lose my practice room... and it's 8:15. Dislike mondays.

Nikki said...

Oh Carrie, that Sangria is perfection!!

I'm so glad Chef's mom is doing well.

xx
Nikki

Cara said...

hmm I never tried to make Sangria with POM...will have to try it!
<3

DT ~ RDH said...

Wow, thanks for the recipe!! Will be mixing that up this week for sure ~ cheers!

Claudz said...

Looks delicious!!

Fashion Meets Food said...

That sangria looks absolutely fabulous! I have never had sangria before, but definitely think I must try this! Thanks for sharing the recipe dollface! Have a fabulous monday gorgeous!

xo

Half Dressed said...

I have never been a massive sangria fan, but that looks delicious!

L x

http://only-halfdressed.blogspot.com/

Ms. Givens said...

I love Sangria. Blackberry especially.
What kind of camera were you using?

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Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

That recipe looks SOOO incredibly delicious. I am such a sangria fan =)

Kelly Leigh said...

Just wanted to thank u for the wonderful advice on my blog. So many ppl give advice on the subject but I feel like so few ppl actually understand the situation. I really appreciated reading what you have to say!

Hope Chef's mom is alright and that sangria recipe looks delish!!

em.me.ma said...

wow yours look almost exactly like the chefs! the drink looks amazing i'm gonna give it a try too haha. nice blog!


yellowscarff.blogspot.com

Krystal said...

I hope everything is going ok with the fam!
and i'm so excited for this sangria recipe. I tried another one a few weeks ago and it was good but this made my mouth water! i made a huge amount of it last time and mark and i would put it in our water canteens and hit the beach for sunset...it was perfection :) this is a sangria summer to me!

chels.e. said...

my first time visiting your blog and i love it! (espically the sangeria w/ pics) I look forward to reading more.
-chels

Brianna said...

Ooh, that drink looks so good :) I think I might be allergic to peach shnapps though but I'm not positive yet.

Have a good Monday :)

Kiki said...

Looks amazing!!! My gosh - such great photos!! Happy Monday...So, stop by to see my great reveal: an ENTIRE week of great giveaways!!!

XOXO
Kiki

Lacey in the City said...

Carrie!

Glad you got to rest a bit this weekend, and I'm so jealous of your fab beach afternoon. Mmmm that sangria looks sooo delish! My family also puts brandy in our sangria...it gives it an extra drunken kick ;)

Thanks so much for the well wishes this weekend! I'm about 90% better right now so am hoping to finish pushing through it by tomorrow! I'm such a wuss when it comes to being sick.

xo,
lacey

Mary said...

OH!MY! yummmmmy! I love love love sangria and this recipe looks so fab! It's hot in Vancouver this week so this WILL be made!!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Tany Lë *charmediem* said...

i like sangria!! mmmmmm

xx charmediem.blogspot.com

cindy said...

And this is what I love about you. Just when I make a date with the family for a Sunday 'que you come through. Since the Korean bbq dinner, my family thinks I've acquired a new inspiration for cooking. Of course my dinner will be anchored with this tasty sangria. Now they'll think I've acquired a new inspiration for....drinking. lol

Can't wait to see the rest of the Chef's recipes. :)

Barbara said...

sangria is so popular here in spain :)

thanks for sharing the recipe

Marcie said...

Not only does this look delicious, it is so pretty to look at! Thanks for inspiring me for my next dinner party!

Have a great week, Carrie!

Marcie

Valerie said...

So glad to hear the chef's mom is continuing to improve. I know how you feel about having the Monday blues. I hope yours fade quickly! That sangria will probably do the trick. ;)

xo
Valerie

Poppies and Sunshine said...

So glad the Chef's mom is getting better!!
This drink looks absolutely wonderful! I could use that on this Monday. It's one of those Mondays....I could use an extra day off too!

Closet Fashionista said...

I really wish I liked more foods/drinks. Because that looks and sounds really tasty XD But I know I would hate it
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Krista said...

I've purchased all of the ingredients I will be needing to make my ebelskivers! I'm just waiting for Mr. Random.com to pick my name. Does sangria go with ebelskivers?

this free bird said...

Krista - you are a woman obsessed. Love it!! and yes...sangria goes with everything. including dirty socks. making them infinitely easier to deal with. xoxo - carrie

Travels in Heels said...

I have never made Sangria but have always wanted to try.

xo,
Sara
www.travelsinheels.blogspot.com

Stacey said...

Ok, i guess i picked the right day to stumble on your blog. A sangria recipe that sounds so divine. I will have to give this a try ASAP! Love your blog too:-).

Anna Walker said...

Yummy! I would love, love, love to drink this right now and forget about everything else!

Jess said...

I LOVE Dateline & 20/20 and all that, but then I don't like after they go off and if I am by myself and I start the looking over the shoulder thing and peeking into the hallways before exiting a door way! hahaha

And that Sangria looks BOMB.com!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW! I am a follower now!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Carrie, So happy Chef's mom is, at least, on the mend! Also, this is the most wonderful sangria recipe I have ever seen! All that delish fruit, and you guys let it sit! Go you!!!

xoxo

Madiha said...

Woww! This looks soo yummy!!!
:) Great blog, Would love for you to check out my mine too!

MadiChic
www.madichic.blogspot.com

Ahn said...

wow...i'm 100% trying this. it figures that POM juice would make it even better. that stuff is liquid gold.

ivy said...

Thanks so much for the recipe! Do you make salsa too? Have a good week!

this free bird said...

Ivy - yes! We are salsa fanatics!! I make a great pico...he has a couple others...just let me know and we can do a post for sure.

xoxo,
Carrie

Bren said...

Oh, how do I need that Sangria today! I worked all weekend, and haven't had a day off in...I don't know how long! I did get to hit up the Renegade Craft Fair for a couple of hours before work on Saturday. Didn't really get any rest time though. :(
This week is looking the same, although I will have Sunday off. Two days off in a row would be AMAZING!

Glad to hear that Chef's mom is continuing to improve. :)

xoxo,
Bren @ Chasing Beauty

Ms. Pink said...

this looks sooooooo amazing!!!!!

mp
http://www.thepinkandblueblog.com/

Ms Sublime said...

Very nice hun. your sangria looks like quite the tonic! glad the Chef's mum is on the mend. Sending you hugs and positive vibes from Londres dear xx

Christine said...

I'm so missing Sangrias right now. They don't seem to be the drink of choice here in Berlin.

Bren said...

I saw that AW is on Gilt today, but it's last year's model. I want this year's with the shoulder strap. Haven't see it on sale yet. Have you? Please tell me yes. :) I will go get it right now!

Renegade was cool. Except the hipsters were out in droves! I wanted to smack 'em all! hahaha! I was really into the jewelry and all of the fun note cards, etc. I'm planning a post sometime this week with pics, so stay tuned.

xoxo,
Bren @ Chasing Beauty

suzy said...

oh wow, i love those pictures...

Lori said...

Is there ever really a week-end that is long enough.... mine was too short also ~ first week-end in 3 weeks we had the house to ourselves and it was heaven! My little Miss Molly is on the mend after surgery on Wed so we kept a close eye on her and I did not do a whole lot of anything. This sangria recipe sounds delish ~ will have to add it to my keepers. Have a great week! xo

PS: thanks for your comments today ~ they mean a lot!

Wild and Precious said...

perfect for the monday blues!!

Debby said...

Glad to hear the Chef's Mom is doing good! xoxo

Nicole Marie said...

totally saving this recipe to use!! looks sooo good!!!

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Sangria is a best friend of mine. I love sangria. =) Cheers! Oh and Well, I guess there's a good thing about all this craziness going on. At least it gives me something to blog about.

Omg! And I am laughing about your nutty neighbor too. That is crazy! If you can please do snap a picture of him (without getting caught). Is he single? Maybe he needs to get together with my crazy neighbor. There was this one time when our maid was cleaning the yard, she took her by the arm and said that her dog needs a girlfriend! What?! Poor thing ran inside the house and hid in her room all day. Hahaha. She was afraid the neighbor would feed her to the dogs. Crazy!

Cheers to our crazy neighbors!

XoXo

Mel

Jammer said...

I feel like we need to have a day dedicated to drinking sangria and hanging out on the beach!

Glad to here that the chef's mom sat up! Little things like that are a real spirit lifter sometimes! :)


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Becca said...

I make my sangria with some bacardi limon and bacardi razz instead of the coconut rum. I like the fruitiness, plus I'm allergic to coconut so that wouldn't work for me anyways. I think a sangria is just what my monday needs, unfortunately I'm much too lazy, so a glass of wine will have to suffice.

S.Elisabeth said...

Ah your weekend sounds absolutely lovely!! Mine was sadly spent working!

Ms. Chyme said...

i must try this one

abigail said...

that sangria looks delicious! a must try!

Anna Jane said...

ha! I love the hipstamatic prints. I'm also glad I'm not the only one who loves Dateline, 20/20, 48 hours, etc.

sounds like you had a nice weekend. this week will go by fast...I can feel it! :)

xx,
anna jane

ivy's closet said...

cool about the salsa! that drink looks so yummy!

MarchMusings said...

This sangria is a wonderful drink. It may be worth cheating a bit and making it on Thursday night itself!!

nick and heath said...

you're comment made me laugh. I can tell now, you really know how to party. Great recipe!

Josie said...

So I can't really drink sangria yet, but I'm fascinated by the stuff -- it's so pretty and always seems so crisp with all of the fruit!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Christina said...

great shot and yumm that looks delicious! I love Pom :))

trishie said...

i do love a good sangria...yours looks yummy!

Just to let you know i'm hosting a giveaway, hope you enter: http://trishiekoh.blogspot.com/2010/07/norfolk-knitted-bow-giveaway.html

Style Attic said...

Sangria is a wonderful drink and I should make it more...might now after seeing this post! My next favorite version is the sangria swirl. It's frozen sangria and frozen margarita layered. sluuurp! :)

this free bird said...

Style Attic I think I need to bust it into the kitchen for this sangria swirl madness you mentioned!! Tonight I had a lovely fresh peach margarita over some wonderful Mexican food...I'm now so interested in this magical concoction you've mentioned!!

xoxo,
Carrie

Miss Caitlin S. said...

your weekend sounds perfect!!! I can't wait to relax like that, all my weekends have been all over the damn place. You guys sure make some decadent treats over there. So Sangria... dateline... a man doing it all for you... can I come live with you?? :) PS- I hope his Mom is continuing to do better.

ilovemyhouse said...

Oh, i have been sooo drunk because of Sangria once :( However i think i will try it again with this great recipe.
Have a happy day.

XX

Ladyulia said...

nice blog
I'm glad to find it

TASHA B said...

yummmy!!! your blog always makes me feel hungry but in a good way! u make healthy stuff looking amazing!

http://noirxxxx.blogspot.com

Me, Only Better said...

Can you make sangria without red wine? I love the idea of sangria, but I do not love wine! Looks so good though!

Fifth Sparrow said...

Awesome!! I've booked marked this recipe and will be bringing it out this weekend! Can't wait, thanks lovely!

iamchasingthirty said...

Umm...looks delicious. Better than anything I saw abroad in Spain, if you can believe it!! Will be trying this. Yes I will.

Annie said...

I love Sangria so much. This recipe looks and sounds AMAZING. I'm so glad Chef's mom is doing ok. Hope this week goes quick for you so you can relax again this coming weekend! xo

Fé... said...

It was my dad's birthday during the weekend, and we had a wonderful time together with the whole family. Wish the weekend would last longer :p But that drink seems to be a great recipe to hush away my hungover :P Have a fantastic day, dearie...

Kate said...

That sangria looks amaaaazing! I want some! Sounds like you had a very nice, relaxing weekend, and sounds like you definitely needed/deserved it! xo!

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