Spanish Sangria on 14th St

Opening Night a spalsh of Sangria and Hawker delights


Vita steps lightly on others souls and is partial to light refreshments on steamy nights in Manhattan..The Spaniards offer just the light touch with their summer beverages! Check out below one of my favorites.. Memories of opening night at Hawkers Bar with Andy Mary and the crew some summers ago

1 bottle Rioja or other red wine
shotglass of lime juice
2 shots Bacardi

This is a very straight forward Sangria.Mix all ingredients together and chill in the fridge overnight. The next morning, toss in some ice cubes and serve!

Cranberry-Orange Sangria Recipe – The Perfect Party Punch
This recipe is perfect for it is very light and fruity. Perfect for all types of events, patio parties, croquet afternoons and definitely  fabulous after around of tennis!

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 lemon slices
4 cranberry herbal tea bags or juice is better
me thinks half a litre is good
1 bottle white Zinfandel wine
2 to 4 tablespoons brandy
1/2 pint fresh strawberries, washed and trimmed
1 orange (unpeeled), washed and cut into 1-inch chunks
 1 cup soda water

In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick and lemon. Simmer over medium heat, reduce heat to low.
Simmer another 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat.

Add in the tea bags and sit for 5 minutes and you of you wish.  If using fresh cranberry juice forgo this process!!   
Now remove the solid bits and bobs with a slotted spoon from the saucepan.

Refrigerate the mixture until cool. Put into a large serving container. Add in wine and brandy. Now add orange and strawberries.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, add soda water.