August 8th, 2014
I spent last Saturday cooking and listening to an 80′s radio station. (Heaven.) One song, in particular, got into my system: “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off.” Remember that song—or are you too young (harumph)? The song has a line about cherry wine. What is cherry wine? I’ve wondered for so many years and finally, last Saturday, took matters into my own hands. What is cherry wine? I make cherry wine. THIS is cherry wine. Or, you know, Cherry Plum Sangria.
Sangria is pretty forgiving. That is, when you’re not in Barcelona. When you’re at home and experimenting, sangria can be any wine + some booze + sugar + fruit. Sometimes I like to finish with a splash of club soda, too.
I love the way that cherrie and plum work with red wine in a light, summery way, but you can use whatever summer fruits you have lying around. And, by the way, sangria is particularly great for using overripe fruit.
As for the red wine, I used a Cab because that was the most appropriate stuff we had around. You don’t want to use a bad wine for sangria (or, really, for anything else), but you don’t need to use your best stuff either. If you can get your hands on nice, but inexpensive Tempranillo or Zinfandel that would be great for this recipe.
And, while we’re at it, go sangria crazy and check out these 9 (yes, 9!) summer sangria recipes that I rounded up on Cool Mom Picks.
Now go start your weekend. Cheers!
Cherry Plum Sangria
(For grownups only)*
Makes about 6 glasses
2 cups red wine of choice (see notes above)
1 cup whiskey
3/4 cup cassis
Juice or 2 limes (you can substitute 1 orange for 1 of the limes)
1/4 cup sugar
3 plums, washed, pitted and chopped
1 cup cherries, washed, pitted and chopped
Club soda, to top (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients except club soda in a pitcher. Stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to sit at least 30 minutes, ideally overnight.
2. When ready to serve, add ice to a wine glass and fill with sangria, including some fruit. Top with club soda if desired.
*Note: This contains alcohol and should not, under any circumstances, be shared with anyone under 21 years of age. (I know you know, but just saying!)