Sangria for Cinco de Mayo

Posted by Linda Weaver on 05/02, 2012 at 01:29 PM

Photo Courtesy Wikipedia.

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a pitcher of Sangria! This recipe has been adapted from Cook’s Illustrated and makes use of readily available ingredients. For the main ingredient—red wine!—I suggest a bottle of Mt. Nittany’s Rock Hill Red. It’s on sale now, two bottles for $20.

This recipe serves four, so you may want to double or triple it for your Cinco de Mayo party. Although the prep time is only about 15 minutes, you should chill the Sangria for a minimum of two, and up to eight hours. The longer the Sangria sits, the more smooth and mellow it will taste.


2 large juice oranges, washed; one orange sliced; remaining orange juiced
1 large lemon, washed and sliced
1/4 cup granulated white sugar (superfine sugar is best)
1/4 cup Triple Sec
1 (750 ml) bottle Mt. Nittany Rock Hill Red, chilled


Add sliced orange and lemon and sugar to a large pitcher; mash gently with a wooden spoon until fruit releases some juice, but is not totally crushed, and sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Stir in orange juice, Triple Sec, and wine. Refrigerate for at least 2, and up to 8 hours.

Before serving, add 6 to 8 ice cubes and stir briskly to distribute settled fruit and pulp; serve immediately.

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{name} Author: Linda Weaver

Bio: Marketing & Media Coordinator for Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery / Mother of Three Boys / Penn State & UVA Grad / Lover of Cooking, Wine, and the Great Outdoors


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