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Oh baby, that is soo good!

No, this post is not about sex, although drinking this is about as close as I’ll get when hubby is away… lol

It could have been Sangria – Punch or Cocktail? or Sangria Saturday – in the middle of winter, but they didn’t sound quite right after I’d made it.

Short history: Thanks to my sister, who says ‘thanks to a friend’ of hers I have 6 free bottles of wine – sent to me on the proviso that I drink and review them.  This is for a company called Naked Wines who help small wine growers.  I review, they can then spend money where the public wants it o go to. Ie: their fav wineries.  check out my reviews here.

So I am doing a wine review on my FB page for each bottle and one in particular inspired a little … discussion.
I would pour a glass of said wine, and then write what I think. Not in fancy terms, just, what I think of it.
This one night, I opened the bottle of Spanish wine, complete with cork that broke in two places and nearly didn’t come out.  Maybe that was the omen..
One mouthful told me all I needed to know. Hubby had some and even he screwed up his face.
Review said, “… dry as the desert… blah blah…thumbs down”
It’s then commented I should make a Sangria and after I mention that cocktails weren’t part of my drinks repertoire, there ensued a discussion as to whether it is a cocktail or a punch.
I think it’s a punch. With plenty of Punch if the google search is anything to go by.
One site said something like… good to use if you want your guests to get drunk really quickly… ok, then.  (And yes I can definitely see where this comes from…)

So I am thinking, why waste a perfectly good bottle of wine, free or otherwise, and make myself some Sangria.  If it tastes like it reads, then I’ll either love it and drink waaay too much, or….

So here goes… there are many versions all over the internet that google will find for you, in about 1/2 second.  This is the one I picked (from my fav cooking website, Taste) with a few changes. Many of the recipes actually state to not worry too much about the quantities so long as it tastes alright – and you use a lot more sugar than you think you will.

3/4 cup other alcohol – I used 1/4 cup Cointreau & 1/2 cup vodka.
3 cups good red Spanish wine
1/4 cup castor sugar
3 cups lemonade
3/4 cup cranberry juice
1 ea orange & apple sliced thinly.  I think you could miss the apple, as I don’t notice it.

Slice fruit and soak in alcohol (not the wine).

add sugar and stir to dissolve.  Leave for at least 30 mins.
Mix all other ingredients in jug (or bowl) and add the bowl of soaked fruit.

Taste and add more sugar if needed.
Put ice in chilled glasses, top with Sangria and serve.

tried to get a shot of how gorgeous the colour is


Holy mother of…. that is some good shit.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, too strong alcohol, too sweet (I read you need to use an insane amount of sugar).  But it was none of the above.  I’m definitely gonna have to make more of this come summer.
Sparkly – always good.
Rich flavour – smooth and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling.
Gorgeous colour – looking good is always a plus.
Sweet enough to be able to drink it way too quickly on a hot day.
And enough alcohol to put you on the floor, or to just enjoy – depending how you drink it.

Bottoms up! Cheers! ~clink glasses~ 🙂
bebe feliz

rumless balls and uncooked cake mix

Number 2 son has done cooking as part of his grade 7 classes and on the last day of term he brought home their cookbook and some rather yummy chocolate truffles, or “rum balls without the rum”.  They were rather morish and on my next trip to the supermarket I purchased a few things to make some more. Said son asked that if I had no rum I should use the vodka I have in the freezer.. ah, yeah, NO.  Well, maybe I half the mix and make myself some vodka balls… (wonder if they would be as potent as jelly shots???)

While I was working on another post he and his father made some cake.  Well my son made and baked a vanilla cake, while hubby did his usual and made and ate the raw mix.

I remember a year or so ago hubby did this, ate half the mix then decided to bake the rest. Well, suffice to say it didn’t work.  It tasted awful.  He looked at the box and proclaimed he knew why…?
Yeah, why?
Because it says ‘low fat’ on it.
Riiight, whatever you believe…
So the next week without telling him, I bought the exact same cake and made it. Served it and he loved it.
Guess what?
That was the same cake you cooked, you want to know why yours didn’t work?
You don’t bake half the mix for same time as a whole mix…
Not sure if he’s learnt his lesson, but will still blame everything else if it happens again.

So here my rumless balls, (with a few vodka balls, now which ones were they…?
No, they are all boys balls.. the balls for the boys… not the adult ones anyway).

Keep smiling and happy baking 🙂