Sangria and Tapas – Perfect Idea for a Summer Get Together

Recently, while waiting in line at Pottery Barn, I was admiring the cute table settings next to the register and ran across a pamphlet entitled How to Throw a Sangria and Tapas Party.  Perfect timing, too.  I was struggling to figure out what August’s Second Tuesday food theme should be…..and now I have been inspired.  It’s been a very hot and muggy few days, so drinking cool, light, and tasty sangria with some tapas is just perfect!

So what did the pamphlet suggest?

Entertaining Essentials

  • Sangria glasses
  • Drink dispenser or punch bowl & ladle
  • Salad or dessert plates
  • Colorful linens
  • Spice containers
Getting Ready
  • Prepare in advance!
  • Cut and slice all fruit in advance, storing in covered containers.
  • The more guests you have, the greater variety of tapas should be served.  Suggestions include vegetarian options and savory dishes to please everyone’s palate.
  • Decorate with a casual runner of vibrant colors and a bouquet of fresh flowers in deep red wine tones.  The sangria is also its own perfect decoration!
  • Keep romantic lanterns on hand if it is an evening event. (I know this is tough in New York unless you are fortunate enough to have a porch or terrace.)
Recipes (I’m always up for trying new recipes!)
RED SANGRIA
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 gallon red Burgundy
  • 1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 quart club soda
In a large pitcher, combine fruit, sugar, Burgundy, liqueur and brandy.  Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.  Add club soda and serve with or without ice.
SANGRIA BLANCO
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 peeled peach, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup peach schnapps
  • 3 1/4 cups chilled white wine
In a small pitcher, combine all ingredients.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Chill for 2 hours.  Strain into glasses and garnish with strawberries.
Voila!  There you have it.  A tapas and sangria party!  Enjoy.
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About georgiegirlconfections

I've always dreamed of starting my own business one day. My struggle wasn't about how to do it, but instead, what I wanted to do. I realized how much I love baking - it is what I turn to when I am bored or stressed. There are so many things to create and so many ways in which to create them. I look forward to sharing my favorite treats with you.
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