Sangria Italian Birthday!

Sangria Italian Birthday!


I love to cook and I am so happy when I can cook and entertain my family and friends. For my birthday this year I told my husband that I wanted to go all out and make a huge dinner for everyone – and that’s what we did! Homemade Italian dinner of ravioli, salad and garlic toast, with antipasto cheese and meat board to start and homemade tiramisu to finish it all off. Great company of family and friends and games until the wee hours of the morning! Oh and of course, there was sangria and lots of sangria. For Christmas I made my first Sangria and it was a hit, so instead of the tiny little pitcher I had in the cupboard, I went all out and bought a huge drink dispenser and made 10 L of a Italian sangria I called the “Sassy Cassy.” It was also a hit!

The only disappointing part of my birthday was that I forgot to take a lot of pictures!! I don’t have pictures of the awesome antipasto board – and I don’t have pictures of the tiramisu. The only pictures I have of the main meal are of us making the ravioli, some pictures of my decorations, and a few shots of the table set with everything on it…

Fancy Italian Decor …
132 Ravioli

So to make up for the loss of pictures, I bring to you TWO recipes! One of my Christmas Sangria that I made in December, and one of the Italian Sangria that I named the “Sassy Cassy” for my birthday!

Christmas Sangria

~ Made 2 large pitchers

1 or 2 Granny Smith apples – cut up into cubes with the skin on
1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
4-6 sprigs of rosemary
1 bottle of white wine – Pinot Grigio or Riesling
1 1/2 cup of white grape juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 cans sparkling water

– Mix everything in a pitcher until the sugar dissolves – done!

Sassy Cassy Sangria

~ Made 10 L

Variety of berries (I used strawberries, raspberries and blackberries)
Lemon slices
750 mL Limencello (I made my own! See recipe coming on Saturday!)
1.5 L of white wine – Pinto Grigio or Riesling
1.5 L of sparkling lemon flavoured water
3 L of pink lemonade (I used frozen from concentrate)

– Top with ice until full, mix well and garnish with berries and lemon slices. Done!

I have something for all of you to look forward to: this weekend I will be making homemade Grand Marnier and sharing the recipe I use (so simple; can’t believe I haven’t done this before!), as well in the same post I will share the Limencello recipe I used to make for the Sassy Cassy.

Also coming up after that is a feature article on baseball! Yes sports fans, I will be blogging about the sport of baseball! Whhhaaat? But this is a food blog!! Outrage!

Okay, you got me… I won’t be blogging about baseball. But I will be blogging about the best baseball stadium food – that’s right people: HOT DOGS! So get ready for the crazy creations that I have found by doing my little hot dog research! 🙂 Oh yeah, and… go Blue Jays?!

Do you like baseball?  More importantly, do you like sangria?!

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