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.
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...
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.
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! =)