Grape Bite: Cinco de Mayo! Mexican Sangria recipe
Posted on May 2, 2015
Hola, Grape Groupies!
Fun Fact: Did you know that Cinco De Mayo ACTUALLY celebrates just one day that Mexico triumphed over the French in the Battle of Puebla. It’s not Mexico’s Independence Day at all! Watch happens when The Grape Girls discover all of this WHILE making a Mexican version of Sangria…and discovering brandy….
What are you making this Cinco de Mayo? Let us know! And many thanks to Jessie Sherman for her awesome guacamole recipe and Brett Moore of gourmetfood.about.com for the Sangria recipe. We heart you both.
Find us on Twitter @thegrapegirls or Instagram @anywineanytime and share with us how you’re celebrating this festive day!
Oh, and here are the recipes. Someone say YUM.
Mexican Sangria (recipe by Brett Moore)
1 bottle (750mL) of Red Wine (like Vina Zaco Tempranillo, or your favorite Spanish red – choose your own adventure!)
1 cup Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, or Cointreau
1/2 cup Brandy
1 cup Orange Juice
1 orange, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 cup Pineapple chunks
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
Lemon-Lime soda (Sprite, 7Up, Sierra Mist – again, choose your own adventure!)
Basically, just grab a pitcher and toss it all in there (except the lemon lime soda…we’ll save that for later). Go ahead, you got this. It’s easy-breezy and really hard to mess up. The Grape Girls also added some strawberries and blueberries for fun, so if you’re feeling fancy, throw a few in there too. Stir it all up, cover it with plastic wrap and put in your fridge for several hours.
Have a drink. Read a magazine. Take a bubble bath.
Once you’re ready to serve, get your fanciest drinking glass out and pour it on in….and finally top it off with a little ice and lemon lime soda. Swirl, twirl, Tip it and Sip it!
2 ripe n ready to eat avocados
1 spoonful of Crushed Garlic
Salt n Pepper (the spices, not the 90’s girl group)
The AWESOME thing about this guac recipe is that you can make it however you want! If you like a little tang, add more lime juice. If you want some more salt, add more salt! Keep tasting it until you get it just right. Then it’ll me YOUR Gucaca-Awesome recipe!
Open the avocados, remove the skin by spooning out the yummy part, pit and all, into a mixing bowl. Helpful hint: Leave the pits in! It keeps the avocado from turning that yucky brown color (thanks a lot, OXYGEN). Add a spoonful of crushed garlic, lime juice and salt – the Grape Girls started with 1 tablespoon of lime juice and added more from there, but that seemed like a safe place to start. Mash all the yummy goodness together with a fork and then, have a little fun with it! Taste and try until you get it how you like it. Trust me, you’ll feel like Goldilocks in the end when it’s juuuuust right.
Serve with your favorite chip option! The Grape Girls chose Tostitos Hint of Lime chips because, well, have you tried these things? If they were a sea, I’d set my ship a-sailin’ on these babies ALL. DAY. LONG. They’re that good. Also, if you say you don’t dig through the entire bag trying to find that one overly-coated chip that just makes your mouth water, you’re a big fat liar.
Your Lovable Lushes,
Lo & Tee