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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! =)