Red Sangria

The heat is officially on here in New York City (Saturday and Sunday will be in the 90’s!), which means it’s a great time to make sangria.  I enjoy both the red and the white, but today I’m feeling a bit more traditional so I am going to make red sangria. 

I once made a batch of this sangria and gave a Mason jar of it to my favorite deli guy, Mr. Frank.  He drank it right on the spot, at work, and then proceeded to give everybody kisses and tell them that he loved them.   So, maybe this stuff is a love potion too…    

Red Sangria

2 750ml bottles Spanish red wine
3/4 cup brandy
3/4 cup simple syrup*
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup triple sec
2 apples, cored and thinly sliced
2 lemons, thinly sliced into rounds
2 oranges, thinly sliced into rounds

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, stir, cover and refrigerate for 2 days.  Serve over ice.

*Simple Syrup is equal parts granulated sugar and water.  To make it, add boiling water to sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Cool before use.


Happy Summer!!!

Happy Memorial Day aka the unofficial start of Summer! Summer brings to mind barbecues and grilling and outdoor dining. Living in an apartment in NYC means I have no outdoor space to call my own so I do all I can to celebrate summer from my kitchen. Then, we pack up our goodies and walk over to Central Park for a picnic. This recipe for BBQ sauce is the best I’ve ever had. It’s great on ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled chicken, burgers and adds fantastic flavor to baked beans.

Barbecue Sauce

2 Tbsp. liquid smoke
1 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

Stir all ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and use immediately or cool for storage in the refrigerator.