7/3/09

Frozen Sangria

Not being much of a drinker I've only had Sangria a couple times in my life. The first was at a home party of a good friend in Minnesota. I found it to be delicious and fruity and perfect to serve to guests on a hot summer evening.

I personally like 'frozen' drinks when I do have one. I'm a girly girl I guess (or a kid at heart) but the slushy drinks win out for me or else I'll just sip a Diet Coke or ice cold water. This Sangria is fun! It's fruity and slushy and I can just taste how good it would be this Fourth of July as well as looking good on a table decked out in red, white and blue!

Now it starts with pre-made or pre-bought sangria from the store and then is doctored up a bit. But a delicious alternative is to start with the same amount of Cranberry juice. This is a good option if you holiday party includes children or others who prefer not to drink alcohol.

1 galon sangrĂ­a
1 (12-oz.) can frozen limeade, thawed
1 (2-liter) bottle lemon-lime soft drink like 7-up or Sprite
2 cups sliced oranges, lemons, and limes

Place a large (2-gallon) zip-top plastic freezer bag inside another 2-gallon zip-top plastic freezer bag. Double bagging helps with avoiding leaks or spills. Place bags in a large bowl. Combine sangrĂ­a, limeade, and lemon-lime soft drink in the inside bag. Seal both bags, and freeze 24 hours.

Remove mixture from freezer 1 hour before serving, squeezing occasionally until slushy. Transfer mixture to a 2-gal. container. Stir in fruit.
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