Dreaming of warmer days....

Dreaming of warmer days....

We're expected to get anywhere from 3-7 inches of snow tonight. Siiigh. I'm torn over my feelings for this. I normally love, love, love a good snow storm! And I'm sure once it's here I'll fall back in love with it. But right now, I'm cold. I've been cold since Saturday afternoon when the wind started howling and my old, creaky, leaky brownstone betrayed me and my ability to stay warm. The heat it on, but it's just no competition with the outside temps. And the apartment below me is empty, so there's no residual heat rising up to help warm my place. So, I'm cold. 

Being this cold and bundled up in my layers with afghans and cats on my lap, I got to daydreaming about warmer temps and fruity drinks. Ahhhh, can't you feel it? Sunshine, hot sunshine baking into your skin. As you know, I lived in Spain for 3 years in my youth and the intensity of the sun there is on another level from what we have here. Spain is closer to the equator so you really feel it. Add to those hot, dry summer days a cold glass of sangria and some tapas and it just doesn't get any better. Seriously, if you haven't visited Spain....what are you waiting for?!?! Go. Nowwwww!

So, here's my little contribution on this cold and snowy winter day that I hope will warm your heart and kick start your summer planning for outside barbecues and dinners under the stars:) Cheers!!!

Recipe at the bottom...

Spanish Sangria:

  • 2 bottles of red wine (You don't need expensive, cheaper is much better)
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec (or gin)
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup Sprite
  • 1 cup orange Fanta soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar (more or less, to taste)
  • Fresh fruit, cut up (I use oranges,apples,raspberries,blackberries,strawberries,lemons and limes)
  • Ice

Mix all ingredients together except for ice. Let flavors mingle together for an hour or more, if you can. (I've been known to prep mine the day before and let it sit overnight to really get the fruit to soak up the wine...so delish!) Taste to check for sugar. Add ice and stir.
Serve in tall glasses over more ice. Be sure to put a piece of fruit or two in each glass.

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