OK, this is a little bit off the topic of creativity and self-expression, but on the other hand we as Activity Directors are always looking for creative ways to jazz up our programs and events. Besides, this is my blog and I can post what I want to !!! Yippee, sangria it is!!
I was reading some posts on the Activity Director Community Board the other day about mock-tail recipes and it got me to thinking about the Mexican Fiesta we're going to be having next month on our unit. And sure enough, I picked up a magazine at the grocery store only to find a recipe for Mock Sangria. Maybe some of you aren't wine drinkers but sanagria is a wine punch from Spain and Portugal made with young, inexpensive red wine, a variety of fruits, a little bit of sweetener, some Bandy or Triple Sec and here in the States in particular Sprite or some other type of seltzer. Of course there are hundreds of variations and sangria has some to be associated with Mexico as well. Anyway, here is the Mock Sangria from Southern Favorites magazine. I gave it a test run and think you'll find it a nice addition to your next Mexican-themed event. This recipe makes four and a half quarts.
1 (46-ounce) bottle of grape juice
1 (12-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 cups of orange juice
2 lemons, juiced
1 (2-liter) bottle lemon-lime carbonated beverage, chilled
Garnish: sliced lemons, oranges, limes
In a large bowl, combine first four ingredients; refrigerate. Just before serving, stir in the lemon-lime beverage. Add the fruit to garnish. Serve over ice.
Note: I used 1/4 cup lemon juice instead of juicing two lemons- call me lazy but there you have it. Also, look for sugar-free juices and carbonated beverage for your diabetic residents.
And I bet this would make a nice frozen treat, maybe popsicles!
OK- that's it. Have fun.