December 20, 2012

National Sangria Day

“Balmy days, sweet sangria, she's been gone, have you seen her? SeƱorita shyly turning away, leaving me our fading flame.” - Tori Amos

It's National Sangria Day!

Let's take a break from all the holiday craziness and celebrate that it's not quite winter yet (because technically it's not) with some refreshing, fruity sangria. You in?

Sangria, a punch that comes to us from the Iberian peninsula of Spain, is a mix of wine (usually red - white makes it "sangria blanca"), sliced fruit (like lemons, limes, oranges, apples, peaches, mangoes... whatever you want!), a sweetener of some kind (think honey or simple syrup), brandy, and seltzer water. As you can imagine, with so many variables, sangria really can taste different every time you make or drink it.

When I lived in Spain, I drank a lot of sangria.

(Taken before Erika and I went out to do said drinking. 2005.)

I even bought this shirt to commemorate my love affair with the stuff...

(It is an obscenely small shirt and I'm already Christmas bloated,
so excuse me for not modeling it for you. Also, please ignore
the wrinkles - I don't know how to fold my clothing properly.)

I'm not in Spain to celebrate tonight, but drinking is drinking no matter where in the world you are. So, I'll find a suitable replacement and raise a glass of sangria to the places I've been and will visit again someday.

Happy National Sangria Day!