It has been in the high 70’s, low 80’s in Austin all week and well…I am sick of it! I know I know for all of you that live in frosty climates – I should shut up! But I miss cold weather sometimes. I love getting all layered up and feeling that first rush as the door opens and you breathe in all that cold air. Its sorta sexy. Right?
You walk a little faster down the street and everyone is all bundled up and focused on getting to warmer spaces. Once that revolving door spins you around to a warm room, preferably with a roaring fire, you need a libation to warm you up inside out!
I lived in Santa Fe for a while and in the winter, after work, we would bundle up and head two blocks away to the Pink Adobe. Now, there is the Pink Adobe restaurant and then there is the Pink Adobe Annex – which houses the bar. Yes, that is where we were headed, fear not.
We would crowd around these tiny round wooden bistro tables presumably confiscated from some Swiss Alps fondue joint or something and order a big ole pitcher of red sangria.
Their recipe was just divine and we never had any trouble finding the bottom of that pitcher and usually another. It was served up with the finest microwave butter salted popcorn which only served to make us Xtra thirsty.
It was usually somewhere into that second pitcher that the stories started rolling out. We were all on hiatus from something in some other place and had interesting stories of why we were sitting at such a table in such a place at that moment. It was wonderful and looking back almost seems dream-like. Maybe I didn’t ever live there ???
So, this is not the Pink Adobe sangria recipe – its mine – which tonight on a warm TX evening takes me back to colder nights in a bar in Santa Fe. Sangria has that special quality that makes it great both in winter and summer. In the winter the red wine warms the soul while the floating citrus reminds us that summer is only months away. In the summer that floating fruit is the relief from the heat and the cool wine quenches on a hot day. Could it be the perfect 4 seasons cocktail?
8 Cups Red Wine
1/2 Cup Brandy
1/2 Cup Club Soda
1/2 Cup Grand Marnier
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
2 Tbsp. Sugar
In a pitcher combine red wine, brandy, Grand Marnier, orange juice, soda and sugar. Stir to combine well and dissolve sugar.
Chop the apple into 1/2″ cubes, peel and chop the orange and lemon also into 1/2″ pieces, rind on.
Add all fruit to the wine and allow flavors to meld for at least an hour or longer before serving.
Garnish wine glass with a a piece of the orange or an apple slice or both!