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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Today is National Sangria Day!

Today, December 20th is not only National Fried Shrimp Day, but it is also National Sangria Day!

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I love sangria, and really enjoy sangria with a wonderful variety of tapas! The funny thing about sangria is that in Spain it is kind of considered a cheap and easy party punch that gets one pretty drunk, pretty quickly! Often inexpensive bottles of wine are used, and by infusing that cheap wine and cheap spirits with lots of luscious fruit and other ingredients, it is doctored up to taste much better!

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I found some really fantastic recipes on Spain Recipes, at Here is their recipe for "Strong Sangria"!

Strong Sangria Recipe

Note: For those who like their liquor strong, this powerful sangria recipe aims to please. Fortified with wine, vodka, and gin, this recipe will strip you from your everyday worries (and perhaps, your memory as well). Olé!

Makes 6 glasses
Difficulty: Very easy
Preparation time: 10 minutes


3 1/4 cups ( 26 fl. oz) dry red wine
2 cups (16 fl. oz) sparkling apple juice
4 tablespoons gin
4 tablespoons citron-flavored vodka
2 tablespoons sugar
Juice of 1 large orange
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 small orange, sliced thin crosswise
1 small lemon, sliced thin crosswise
1 small lime, sliced thin crosswise


Pour all the ingredients into a large pitcher, mix well, and refrigerate. Serve chilled over ice.

Recommended Wine:

Protocolo '02

Wine Spectator: "This plush red is rich with chocolate and black cherry flavors, thick and almost sweet on the palate, with ripe, well-integrated tannins and a spicy finish. Drink now through 2007. 15,000 cases imported. 87 Points."

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