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Having a Pool Party -- Would Sangria be a good alternative to blender drinks?

We are having a get together with a bunch of parents on Saturday and we were thinking of offering a white or red sangria as a poolside adult beverage. We don't want to be stuck inside blending drinks or serving the usual and boring Margeritas. Does anyone have any recommendations? Should we serve in pitchers (traditional) or a punch bowl?

Food will include chicken, steak, and shrimp creole. Chocolate-laden desserts and strawberries.

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  1. what a terrific idea! I saw the guy on license to grill make a huge batch, he used a large jug with a spout on the bottom. I don't have the recipe, but I bet it's on the website, it looked really good.

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    1. re: jujuthomas

      Was it white or red sangria? I like the idea of using one of those jug pitchers -- they are usually for ice tea. But -- I don't have one and I'm not sure I want to buy one. I need to check them out.

      1. re: RGC1982

        It was a red sangria - and it was a HUGE jug. It looked SOOOO good... made me want to have a party! ;-)

    2. Sangria is a great choice. Also, I went to an outdoor bbq at which, along with the standard cervezas and soft drinks, the served Pimms Cup from a pitcher - it was really refreshing, similar to iced tea with a cucumber infusion.

      This is one recipe from FoodNetwork.com, but there are many variations...

      Ice cubes
      2 ounces Pimms Number 1 Cup
      6 ounces ginger ale
      2 ounces lemon lime soda or club soda
      1/4 cup cucumber pieces or 1 cucumber spear

      Put ice in a highball glass or mug. Add the Pimms and then the ginger ale and soda. Stir and garnish with cucumber. Serve.

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      1. re: ciaobella

        What is Pimms Number 1 Cup? I've never heard of it before.

      2. Love the idea! Another great thing about Sangria is that you can make ahead. Which I actually recommend because it really tastes better when it's allowed to 'mellow'. Here is a post on Sangrias recently... Featuring my favorite peach sangria! :)

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/40031...

        1. Sangria is a great idea, but i would go with pitchers over a bowl if you're going to leave it outside, just keeping bugs out of a pitcher is easier.

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          1. re: elizabeththinks

            I didn't think of bugs! But, I will probably keep the drinks inside.

            1. re: RGC1982

              Wasn't sure how poolside you meant ;)

          2. LOVE Sangria, my rec is to use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes, will keep it from getting watered down.

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            1. re: KeriT

              i also make orange juice cubes =)

              i have a recipe that i got from epicurious and i make it for parties and it's a hit =) it has brandy, red wine, grand marnier... i forgot what else... oh yeah, fruit... hahahah make sure you make it a head of time (i usually make it about 2 days ahead of time so the fruit juices can escape... i usually just do the fruit, juices, and the red wine ahead of time and the other ingredients later)

              i've used a punch bown 'cause i had your dilemma as well... but now i have a big 5 gallon jug thing, so let the sangria flow! =)

            2. good idea. i would serve it in a pitcher.

              1. Love sangria and it makes a perfect pool party drink. I serve it in a sun tea pitcher and use the following recipe to serve a crowd:
                1 small jug of cheap red wine (I buy the kind in the glass jug, either paesano or burgundy)
                1 Liter sprite
                1 flask size bottle of brandy
                4-5 cups cran apple cocktail
                1 cup sugar
                handful of chopped oranges, apples, pineapple

                1. I think if you can pull off both white and red sangria so your guests have a choice, that would be ideal and a welcome change from the norms you mention.

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                  1. re: Lowbar

                    I have to say, I'm not a huge white wine drinker, but I almost always prefer white sangria!

                    1. re: Lowbar

                      I was thinking the same thing. Do you think one is more popular than the other, or should I make equal quantities?

                      1. re: RGC1982

                        I like the white better, and it's prettier because you can see the fruit in the pitcher. Red wine sangria, especially if you use OJ looks awfully muddy to me. I can't stand it if it has anything carbonated in it, but that's just me.

                        I did a pitcher of watermelon margaritas one time that were hugely popular. Juicing the watermelon was a bit of a pain (in blender), but worth it. watermelon juice, lime juice, water, sugar, tequila.

                        Smart move nixing the blender drinks.

                    2. Sangria's a great alternative, easily served in pitchers. I discovered a surprisingly good sangria recipe by mixing red wine with blood orange Italian soda (by Archer Farms, avail. at Target) over ice. Very easy.

                      Another no-mess, no-blender option is a great margarita by Cuervo with Grand Marnier - no mixing involved, all ready to go, just pour over ice. I keep it in my fridge all summer long...

                      www.refinedrogue.com

                      1. Make a big batch ahead and enjoy your party instead of running a blender.

                        My usual recipe - http://www.webtender.com/db/drink/1234 - I usually make it on Thursday so it can mellow for the weekend. Get whatever big reds you can inexpensively, drinkable and full flavored are the only real requiremnent. The sugar and fruit will overpower anything subtle.

                        I hit a few of the dollar stores in the area and found some nice summery plastic ware pitchers and glasses for parties. I mixed up a large batch in a 5 gal cooler and just refilled the pitchers with a bottle of sparkling water, sangria and a scoop of fruit as needed.

                        1. for a really special treat, make a Cava (aka sparkling) sangria!!!!!!!!!

                          1. Happy to report that the sangria went over well. White was more popular -- I used Peachtree Schnapps, Triple Sec, Brandy, Sprite and a cheap Pinot Grigio. White sliced peaches, Jazz apples, and orange slices were soaked overnight in the schnapps and sugar. It was yummy. The red was not as sweet and not as popular. probably because the cheap cabernet was overpowering, but it was virtually the same recipe but without the peach slices.

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                            1. re: RGC1982

                              those sound terrific! Glad it was a success.