Welp, it looks like it’s the end of the line for all of us living in the Valley of the Sun. The highs have been averaging at about 103 since this past weekend, and I think they will stay over 100 until the fall. Late fall, I’m sure.
It’s funny how quickly your perception of temperature changes when you move. Just nine months ago I was still living in Iowa—inconsistent weather day to day, frigid cold winters and what we thought were hot, hot summers. Now I think anything below 70 degrees is chilly, and when it’s under 100 degrees, “it’s only 90 out.”
Regardless, this last weekend was HOT. I spent my Monday off of work hanging out
at in the pool with some friends and our second best method to keep cool while taking in some rays? This Classic Red Sangria.
This recipe is my dad’s specialty. Every summer for as long as I can remember a pitcher of this has held a spot in our refrigerator. To be honest, it’s one of my favorite things about going home in the summer. That pitcher holds magical powers as far as I’m concerned. I pour a glass, go park it on the deck to get some sun and by the time I come back inside to refill, the pitcher has been refreshed. It never goes empty, ever. MAGIC.
Red wine dressed up with the citrus zest of triple sec and orange juice and adorned with booze-soaked fruit is the perfect garnish for a perfect summer day.
- 1 bottle red table wine
- 2 cups orange juice
- ½ cup triple sec
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2–3 cups chopped fruit (I use apples, mangos, nectarines and/or berries)
- Combine wine, juice, triple sec and sugar in a pitcher. Stir well.
- Add the chopped fruit and set in fridge to chill for up to three days.
This fruity, boozy drink is graduate-approved—delicious and inexpensive! Make this recipe with a cheap bottle of wine, like Trader Joe’s Two-Buck Chuck. With all of the flavorful add-ins, the quality of the wine isn’t a big concern.
I have to stay cool and buzzed over here in this weather. Help me out: Which drinks do you keep in hand all summer long?