When I choose an alcoholic beverage, my go-to is red wine - Cab. I have a favorite that I like and it's decent priced. (Of course I'm willing to fancy that up if we got out somewhere - a margarita, or whatever)
EXCEPT when it gets hot outside. Because then I want something cold. And that red wine sitting on the counter was not cutting it.
The other day I wanted... something. And there was this open bottle of wine, with only a third gone. I just couldn't waste it, but I really wanted something cold.
My answer? Sangria. But hold on now, I wasn't going to make a big batch of Sangria and drink it all. I figured, surely I could throw a glass of something together.
I got online and looked at Sangria recipes. I wasn't putting fruit in a single glass - I know, I've ruined it already. And there were other ingredients I didn't have. But I pared down some basic recipes and came up with this:
~1 big round wine glass
~Add red wine
~Add lemon juice - whoops, I didn't have any - OH, but I had one of those little lemon shaped squeezie bottles - meh, that'll work - squeeze some of that in
~Add sugar - except I don't do cane sugar - I squeezed in a squirt of Agave nectar
~Juice - whoops again! no juice - but I did have some berry flavored iced tea! - in it goes
~Top it off with something sparkly - Pellegrino was all I had - in it went
Go ahead and scoff. It was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. And frankly with the iced tea and sparkling water, probably had less calories. Bonus!
So, no, I am not a desperate alcoholic. I am, however, quite resourceful!
I'm pretty sure that drink was an insult to the Sangria purists. Maybe my creation needs it's own name. Any suggestions?