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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Strawberry Spice Sangria or ¡La Diabla!

Sangria - noun - Cheap red wine mixed with sugar and citrus, served in a plastic pitchers with stained fruit.  Considered real classy by college girls who consume it by the truckload in Mexican restaurants across the USA.  Causes severe hangover, purple lips, and cringing regrets.  

At least that's always been my experience.  

Perhaps in Spain and Portugal where it originates, Sangria a delicacy.  But here, it's a headache in a glass.  Well, not anymore.  This is a new day and this is a new sangria.  I christen it ¡La Diabla!  

Strawberry Spice Sangria Recipe

¡La Diabla! (the exclamation points are mandatory) uses rosé, hot pepper flakes, and strawberries to set it apart from the rest.  I used ½ a teaspoon of red pepper flakes because I'm spicy like that but you may want to use less.

¡La Diabla! 
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
1 bottle of rosé 
¼ cup sugar
½ cup boiling water
¼ - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Chapter 1
Mix the first four ingredients together.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Chapter 2
Mix the last three ingredients together, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Let sit for thirty minutes.
Strain.  Toss red pepper flakes and hold on to the syrup.

Chapter 3
Remove and discard the oranges and lemons from the wine mixture (okay to hold on to the strawberries).
Mix with syrup.
Serve over ice.

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