Posted by: njbrown | February 27, 2011

Sangria for Shopping

See full size image A year after our marriage, we moved to the suburbs of New York City.  I had worked in the city for three summers during college, and had some awareness of its wonders, but as a married couple, we were able to enjoy some of the best restaurants that had been beyond my budget as a student.  We didn’t discover sangria in a great restaurant – we found it in the restaurant of Stern’s Department store in Paramus, N. J. near our apartment.  A new, large grocery store was in the mall, and we had begun shopping there.  As newlyweds, wanting to increase “quality time,” we would have dinner at Stern’s before our grocery expedition.  A pitcher of sangria was, I think, $2.00, and it was a hot, summer evening when George decided we should have some.  I have never been able to drink much of anything – two sips of wine usually make me woozy – but it was explained to me that this was essentially fruit juice with a little rum.  It sounded refreshing.  The pitcher arrived, looking wonderfully frosty, and indeed it was mostly like fruit juice with slices of lemon, lime and orange floating in the ruby-colored wine.  Amazingly, it didn’t bother my head.  From then on, we would begin our shopping trips with sangria, and they would be very pleasant.  It has been years since I last had sangria.  (George mostly does the family shopping himself in our gigantic grocery store and then goes on to at least one speciality store).  However, sangria is lovely – especially, but not only in summer.  There are many, many sangria recipes, but this is one that is close to what we used to enjoy.

Sangria (serves 6)


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 1 1/2 cups rum
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 (750 millilitre) bottle dry red wine
  • 1 cup orange juice


  1. Have the fruit, rum, wine, and orange juice well chilled. Slice the lemon, lime and orange into thin rounds and place in a large glass pitcher. Pour in the rum and sugar. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours to develop the flavors.
  2. When ready to serve, crush the fruit lightly with a wooden spoon and stir in the wine and orange juice. Adjust sweetness to taste.



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