Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Cocktail #8- Holiday Sangria

Armed with a bottle of delicious Twin Poms pomegranate wine, an abundance of seasonal fruit, and a Spanish great-grandmother to make proud, it became quite obvious what we needed to make- SANGRIA!!!  And talk about a party drank!!!  A couple of sips of this stuff and you'll be lisping like a Spaniard in no time! 

Que botella bonita!
Holiday Sangria

Makes 8-10 glasses

One 750 ml bottle of pomegranate wine (We like Twin Poms because it's tasty and because, well, who doesn't like TWINS?)
1/2 grapefruit (sliced into circles)
1 lemon (sliced into circles)
1 orange (sliced into circles)
1 persimmon (sliced into circles)
4 kumquats (sliced into circles)
½-1 cup dark rum
Seeds of 1 pomegranate
Juice of 2 oranges (Appx. ¾ cup)
Juice of 2 lemon (Appx. ½ cup)
1 cup Star Anise Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
Club soda (to top)

Slice grapefruit, lemon, orange, persimmon and kumquats. Add fruit to a bowl, including the pomegranate seeds. Pour in one 750 ml bottle of pomegranate wine.  Next add dark rum and ½ of the Star Anise Simple Syrup (reserve the other half for guests to adjust the sweetness of their individual drinks). Briefly stir mixture and chill for at least 2 hours (overnight is best), to allow for the flavors to fully develop. Serve with a star anise, a little bit of fruit, and a fresh citrus slice in each glass. Just before serving top off each glass with club soda (if not using club soda, reduce amount of simple syrup to taste). Give each glass a stir.
Note: feel free to replace any of the fruit with other seasonal fruits such as: apple, pear, blood orange, etc.

Star Anise Simple Syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
4-5 star anise pods

Add all ingredients to a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir until sugar disappears. Turn off stove and let the mixture steep and cool for one hour (or overnight, if you make it ahead of time).

We both LOVE Spanish-influenced fashion.  Really, who could resist the bright colors, lace, polka-dots, ruffles and sexy bolero jackets???  So what does one wear while sipping sangria?  Take a peek...

Christian Lacroix

The Real Deal

Rami Al Ali

Christian Lacroix

Vicky Martin Berrocal

Christian Louboutin
 As we say in Spain, "Salud!"


  1. Love sangria and Double Shot at Love. SOLD.

  2. The perfect drink to utilize my Orange, Lemon, Fuyu Persimmon, Kumquat and Pomegranate trees! Now what to do with the other 200 lbs of fruit I get every winter?


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