Sunday, June 28, 2015

Celebrate!! by Margaret Ullrich - Sangria Recipe


Happy July first!
Happy Fourth of July!
Whichever you’re celebrating, enjoy!!

Yesterday we had a really wet day in Manitoba.
There were tornado warnings and sightings.
There was even a bit of hail.
But the forecasters are saying we'll have perfect weather for July first.

Time to invite friends over for a barbecue before sitting back to enjoy the fireworks.


A bit of bubbly is always nice to have on hand when the gang’s over.
But, remember, it’s summer.
Everyone’s knocking back drinks faster than you can say ‘hydrate’.
It might be a good idea to water the drinks, more or less.

Sangria is perfect for this time of year.
It has something alcoholic, (usually wine - either red or white), and chopped fruit. 
Think of it as a summer version of mulled wine.

You can use whatever fruit you have on hand, such as apples, peaches, melon, berries, pineapple, grapes, kiwifruit or mangoes. 
You can sweeten it with honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice. 
Seltzer, Sprite or 7 Up can be used to top up the pitcher. 

You can control the amount of alcohol so that the kids can enjoy the sangria, too.
Or you can make a totally alcohol-free pitcher for them.


Hints:

You can use either red or white wine, but I think white Sangria looks more summery and allows everyone to see the fruit better.

Allow the sangria to mellow in the refrigerator for several hours, or a full day.
Add the soda (if you’re using it) just before serving.
Have on hand plenty of ice to refill the bucket. 
This way your friends can add as much ice as they want, and the flavour won’t get watered down.

For the kiddies you could make sangria from ginger ale, lemon juice, and sugar.
And lots of fruit!


                        Sangria

Yield:12 to 15 servings

Cut into thin slices 
2 navel oranges
1 lemon
1 lime
Place the fruit in a large serving bowl.
Add
1/4 Cup sugar
2 - 3 (750-ml) bottles white wine
1 Cup brandy (optional)
Cover and allow the sangria to mellow in the refrigerator.

Before serving add
Seltzer, Sprite or 7 Up (optional)
Have on hand plenty of ice for people to serve themselves.


About the moon this week…
According to the Farmers Almanac:

On July 1 there will be a Full Moon, and appears full for three days.
July’s full Moon is called the Full Buck Moon. July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. 
It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. 
Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.

About the rain we had yesterday, June 27… 

If it rains on June 27, it will rain for seven weeks.
Oh…

If it rains on St. Peter’s Day (June 29), the bakers will have to carry double flour and single water; if dry, they will carry single flour and double water.
Rain on Peter and Paul (June 29) will rot the roots of the rye.

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