There's nothing like a blizzard to make you appreciate a warm drink. This weekend, as snow piled up outside my window, and I faced the prospect of shoveling nearly a foot of snow, I knew that hot chocolate wasn't going to get it:)
I've long enjoyed mulled wine in the cold months, and it is especially festive during the holiday season.
But, lately I've been inspired to try another kind of warm wine drink. Sangria, the fruity wine punch that is a staple of the backyard barbeque, is now a trendy winter sip. There are variations on the recipe but essentially Hot Sangria is,well, cold sangria warmed up.
The basic ingredients are Rioja, a dry red wine, fresh or frozen fruit, and brandy or liqueur. Unlike mulled wine,spices are not as integral to hot sangria.
BTW Rioja is typically a $10-15 dollar bottle of wine, cheaper if you look around. For these purposes avoid higher priced Rioja which is typically labeled Reserva.
Hot Sangria is a wallet friendly tasty hedge against winter's bitter elements, and a fabulous addition to an open house buffet.
and oh, it's a great way to keep warm while waiting up for Santa.
Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!