Want to make a drink that will win friends and influence people? Then may I suggest you mix up a batch of Secret Sangria at your next meetup, hacker convention, work party, wedding or bbq. Guaranteed points scored. Hugs and backslapping will ensue. (After awhile…)
The first thing you have to do is go get the ingredients: (This is for 2 or 3; if serving a big party, simply do some math and error on the generous side)
1 bottle of wine. Not expensive. Ten to twelve bucks max. Red. (white wine sangria is for smurfs and fairies.) No brand is mandatory or required at this step. You can go big, but your friends will wonder why you just ruined a good bottle of wine on sangria.
1 bottle of Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon. This is 80 proof GNS (Grain Neutral Spirits). You can go to 100 or 125 proof if you desire but if you do, be prepared to have people throwing up in your bathroom later. Now, if you can’t find moonshine or GNS you can opt for vodka. Vodka and wine DO mix and once you get over that shocker you will find yourself spiking your wine with vodka on a regular basis. For some wines, this actually improves them.
1 bottle of Cointreau
1 Orange (a real orange)
1 Lemon (a real one)
1 Lime (not the green plastic squeeze thingy)
Sparkling water. For this you can use just about anything fizzy but I highly recommend Le Croix Sparkling Water. Cheap and good for you. This also has the added benefit of keeping you and your guests hydrated during the event, minimizing the damaging effects of the alcohol the next day. Bonus shot!
Here we go:
Cut up oranges, lemons and limes into thin slices. Throw into a glass container or large barrel.
Add the wine. Pour the whole bottle in.
Add the fuel. Use approximately 1 part moonshine (or vodka) to 4 parts of wine. That’s about 6 oz if you’re being all precise, but I use about 8 oz. (Not that I am not precise, it’s just that I am not too worried about precision.)
Add some Cointreau. If you are making a batch with one bottle of wine, use 6 to 8 shots of Cointreau.
Pour over ice in a large wine glass or plastic cup.
Open a can or bottle of your favorite sparkling water.
Fill the glass to the top.
Take a few pieces of fruit out of the pitcher and cut them up and throw them in the drink.
And, I’m going to call that a blog post. Have a nice weekend!