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Sangria de la Gringa

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Besote, the name I was certain I saw. Listed underneath a long line of the northeast bloggers group postings of the day, I read it, I know I did, and I even made note of it. A tenderly written blog post filled with honesty, so life embracing you could feel it, a bit of tug to the heart with every line. I chuckled, I laughed, I may have even dabbed a small tear out of the corner of my eye.

Kelly Rodriguez

A woman’s life with Antonio, her husband, in the state of Massachusetts, their summer travels to his homeland in Galicia, Spain, her sincere attempts to learn Spanish, gratitude for all things, big and small, life stories and tips, and uplifting messages suited for the day. I wanted to read more, the inspiration of this special blogger.

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Daily I scanned the northeast bloggers post line up, nothing. Was Besote still part of the blogging group? Did Besote go to Spain and not come back? I Googled and I searched but to no avail. Then one day on the groups daily stream I opened up a Post, I strained my eyes, there was not Besote, but there she was, Kelly Rodriguez, wife, daughter, friend, writer, school teacher, traveler, foodie, adventurer, it even said right there on her page, ‘she was glad that I was there’, well, she may not have said my name, but the kind spirit of her words made me feel as if she was.  Kelly had kissed adios to Besote, the name of her blog: A Lovely Life Indeed.com

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Today on Spiced Peach Blog we offer a warm welcome to this special individual and blogger, Kelly Rodriguez of A Lovely Life Indeed.com. Today’s Post, however, is not of the emotional sort I shared in the paragraph above, well, it could be if you imbibe a bit too much on Kelly’s recipe, Sangria de la Gringa. Perhaps I should warn you, I have now tasted Kelly’s Sangria and you may be inclined to accidentally or otherwise, well, let’s just say, it is in fact, the best Sangria I have ever tasted.

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When Kelly and I talked about this guest Post we agreed that I would prepare and photograph today’s full bodied fruity beverage and she would share the recipe and Post. In full (partial) disclosure I only tasted two tablespoons when I prepared the Sangria, (well maybe a little more) and a small taste after photographing. OK, I also tried a couple of tablespoonfuls getting ready to photograph the final photograph, the ‘pitcher’, oops, the picture, the photo of the pitcher looks straight though, right? And then a few more teensy, tiny tastes afterward, and then a bit more, just a teensy bit, well I couldn’t let a neighbor friend stop by and taste it by herself could I? You get the picktsure, oops again, picture. Thank you to Kelly Rodriguez for sharing with us her fabulous recipe for Sangria de la Gringa from alovelylifeindeed.com  Enjoy. Disfrutar!

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Kelly:

When we have people over, or even when we go to a party, we bring the wine. My husband has a knack for picking good ones. 

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In the spring or summer, I bring the sangria. Where the original recipe came from, I’m not sure, but I change it up a bit every time I make it and it is the best!

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Historians generally agree that sangria originated from the Romans, who planted vineyards throughout Spain as they conquered the Iberian Peninsula. Similar to the story of England and their beer, water was considered unsafe for drinking, so the Spaniards killed off the bacteria in their water with wine. Herbs, spices and fruit made the watered down wine, or wined-up water as it may have been, more palatable. 

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As hygiene conditions improved, sangria became more about using what was left, like over-ripened fruit and what was left in this bottle and that one. 

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So, don’t feel like you have to go out and buy an expensive red wine. Use what you have on hand. That’s what the restaurants do. I promise you…they’re not using their finest reds to mix in a decanter with some fruit. Sangria is all about re-purposing. It’s the leftovers of the cocktail world. And, like any other punch, add what you like. 

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So, now that spring has arrived, (seemingly everywhere but in our yard) sangria season is on its way.

Like spaghetti sauce and beef stew, sangria is always better after the flavors have time to cozy up and marry.  Here are the basics from my kitchen, Kelly’s Kitchen,  Sangria de la Gringa.

Sangría de la Gringa... from Kelly's Kitchen
After twenty-four hours as the Sangria ripens to full flavor, added fruits may be left in or removed. Sangria glasses may be garnished with fresh fruit upon serving, such as an orange slice.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bottles chilled red wine (Rioja, if using Spanish wine)
  2. 1 cup brandy...just plain brandy
  3. 1/2 cup sweet red vermouth
  4. 1 cup orange juice
  5. 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  6. 2 oranges, quartered, if large sized cut into eighths
  7. 2 lemons, quartered, visible seeds scraped off
  8. 2 limes, quartered, visible seeds scraped off
  9. 2 apples, quartered, visible seeds and inner pith scraped off
  10. 2 cups club soda, optional, added to taste at the very last minute before serving
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients Into a large glass sangria style pitcher or liquid vessel, mix it up, give it a little privacy in the corner of your fridge and let the magic happen. You can mix it up before work and let it be. It will already taste fabulous when you get home.
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  1. Posted April 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Love her blog! And this looks delicious and refreshing. Reminds me of summer, which I very much miss right now! Thanks for stopping by Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

    • Posted April 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Alison. I love Kelly’s blog too, especially her thoughtful writing pieces and inspirations. Sangria de la Gringa is so delicious and refreshing, and spring really is a lovely time to enjoy this well crafted beverage. Have a good weekend, and, now that Fridays Unfolded! Thanks so much for joining in.

    • Posted April 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Allison. And thank you for your support of bloggers through Nancherro and Fridays Unfolded. 🙂 Happy Friday. I hope you love the sangria!
      Kelly recently posted…This Week’s {hub}LINKS: Spring is in the Air RoundupMy Profile

  2. Posted April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I *NEED* this Sangria in my life ASAP! I pinned this, can’t wait to enjoy it with some good friends!
    Reesa Lewandowski recently posted…Swingline GBC Fusion 1000 Lamintor & Pouches Giveaway – Ends 4/18My Profile

    • Posted April 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Oh yes Reesa, I need this Sangria in my life too, ASAP, though I admittedly got to have an early preview, sip, sip! Thanks so much for the pin. See you on mommalewes and have a happy weekend, and you will after trying Kelly’s Sangria de la Gringa! Thanks so much for joining in.

    • Posted April 4, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Reesa. It is a staple in our house. I hope you like it! Salud!
      Kelly recently posted…This Week’s {hub}LINKS: Spring is in the Air RoundupMy Profile

  3. Posted April 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, ladies! This is one of the easier recipes for Sangria I have seen. I will definitely keep this to make for warm weather outdoor get-togethers! Have a great weekend!
    Jessica H. recently posted…DIY: Agate Stone Garden MarkersMy Profile

    • Posted April 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jessica, Kelly’s Sangria de la Gringa is SO simple to prepare, although I must admit, hard to just view that glass pitcher in the back of the refrigerator waiting for the flavors to harmoniously combine! Highly recommended for warm weather get togethers, and perfect for spring. Have a great weekend you too, and thanks so much for joining in.

    • Posted April 4, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jessica! It is so easy! Peggy’s right…the hardest part is waiting for the flavors to marry. Try making it after breakfast. It will be perfect by dinner. I hope you like it. Salud!
      Kelly recently posted…This Week’s {hub}LINKS: Spring is in the Air RoundupMy Profile

  4. Posted April 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Well this just sounds amazing! I love sangria! Thanks for the great recipe!
    Rachel recently posted…Friday Happy Hour!My Profile

  5. Posted April 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    This sounds delicious!

    Kristin
    Crumbs & Curls

  6. Sooky
    Posted April 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Perfect balance of fruit and tart, not too sweet. I’m looking forward to a cold glass of this over the weekend.

  7. Jay
    Posted April 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I was overjoyed to smell Spring in last evenings rain. Your article today has really put Spring in the air for me. It’s been years since I enjoyed a cold refreshing glass of Sangria. That will all change tonight when I try your recipe. Gracias!

  8. Posted April 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Finally a good sangria recipe. Thank you! This looks classic yet fun. Love the addition of brandy. Can’t wait to try it this summer by the pool.
    Jenny recently posted…Why I Love the Red SoxMy Profile

    • Posted April 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jenny, Boston Red Sox Fan. Kelly’s Kitchen recipe initially prepared from your neck of the woods is classic and fun. I rally like the depth of its flavor, and it is not too sweet. Great for Summer, and, love it for spring now too! Thanks so much for joining in.

    • Posted April 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jenny! Go Sox! I am so thrilled that spring has finally arrived. And sangria will definitely hit the spot once the temperatures rise. I hope you love it! Cheers!
      Kelly recently posted…This Week’s {hub}LINKS: Spring is in the Air RoundupMy Profile

  9. Posted April 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Dear Peggy,
    I am overwhelmed by the beauty of this post. Seeing my words come to life in such a profoundly beautiful way makes my heart so full, as if it would burst. I have no words to adequately thank you for such an lovely, lovely post. Please know that I am sincerely grateful and can’t wait to share this with everyone.

    Sending much love to you, my blogging friend,
    Kelly
    Kelly recently posted…This Week’s {hub}LINKS: Spring is in the Air RoundupMy Profile

    • Posted April 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      Kelly, thank you for the wonderful recipe, Sangria de la Gringa. I am overwhelmed by your beautiful comment, in particular, as it is your profoundly beautiful expression and sharing with others that provides so much inspiration to many, including me. Besote, my blogging friend, it is A Lovely Life Indeed. Hugs and Love, Peggy

  10. Posted April 5, 2014 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    I am so excited for summer cocktails! Plus I love anything to which I can add limes 🙂 Also, what a neat story about how you knew Kelly’s old blog and then discovered her new one!
    Anna Belle recently posted…The Day I Met Jose ValverdeMy Profile

    • Posted April 5, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much Anna Belle. Looks like we are in the same flavor camp, I love limes too! Kelly’s recipe is terrific, a perfect blend of tart and not too sweet, great too for spring or summer gatherings, even reducing the amount and preparing a small batch for weekend cocktails. Yes, it is kind of a neat story discovering the new name of Kelly’s blog, A Lovely Life Indeed. See you soon on the annabelleblog thanks again for joining in!

    • Posted April 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      Anna Belle, I hope you like the recipe. Please come back and let us know. Cheers!
      Kelly recently posted…Travel RegretsMy Profile

  11. Posted April 5, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Oh I just love sangria, and I feel lucky to have found Kelly’s blog, as well! That second photo of Kelly and her husband standing in the water is ahhhh so lovely. Wish I was there right now!

    • Posted April 5, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Christy, yes Kelly is so much of a positive inspiration, hope you enjoy the Sangria de la Gringa too. I really like that photo of Kelly and Antonio, agreed it looks like a fabulous place to visit! Kelly briefed me on this photo but I’ll leave that for her to share. Thanks again for joining in.

    • Posted April 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

      Christy, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so blessed to be part of such a supportive blogging community. It’s bloggers like you and Peggy that inspire me. Thanks again! I hope you like the sangria! Please let us know. 🙂
      Kelly recently posted…Travel RegretsMy Profile

  12. Posted April 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    I love sangria! It’s one of my favorite drinks in warmer months and I’m always looking for good recipes!

    Sarah
    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com
    Sarah recently posted…The DandelionMy Profile

    • Posted April 8, 2014 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Sarah, Thanks for dropping by. Sangria is perfect in the warmer months, one of the things I like best about this recipe is that it is not too sweet, it has a perfect blend combination. Enjoy.

    • Posted April 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sarah! I hope you like the sangria recipe. Please come back and let us know. Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Kelly recently posted…Travel RegretsMy Profile

  13. Posted April 10, 2014 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Mmmmmm. I will try this recipe this summer.

    • Posted April 10, 2014 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much Shelley. This is the best Sangria I’ve ever had. Lots of depth to the flavor and not too sweet. Thanks for joining in.

    • Posted April 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Shelley! I hope you like it! 🙂 Please come back and let us know. Cheers!
      Kelly recently posted…Travel RegretsMy Profile

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