Until recently, if you gave me a choice between red or white wine, I would, 9 times out of 10, pick red. In the last six months or so, this has dramatically changed, and I am more likely to pick white over red any day. Perhaps it is because I live in a hot country and the need for something cold and refreshing has become more important.

On Friday, to my great dismay, I got home to find I had completely run out of white wine. It was red or nothing, and yet I wanted something light and cheerful. In a flash of inspiration, I made some sangria using one lonely bottle of LaCasera that I found rolling around at the back of the fridge. I don’t even know where it came from as we don’t usually stock it at home, but I was so grateful that it was there when I needed it. The Sangria turned out to be wonderful and fruity and light; and SO easy to make. You guys have to try this! I have listed my ingredients below but you can use any good red wine, and any fizzy apple soft drink if you don’t have LaCasera. I think the fizz really adds an exciting dimension that still apple juice cannot.





1 bottle of Arra Vineyards 2009 Pinotage

1 bottle of LaCasera Apple Drink

1 small mango, peeled and chopped

1 small apple, chopped

1/2 a small cucumber chopped

An empty carafe or jug



Chill the red wine and pour it all into the carafe. Pour over the ice cold Lacasera. Drop in the chopped fruit and give it a twirl. Pour into goblets and enjoy!

And then when all the Sangria is gone, you can eat up all the wonderful fruit :). After this little discovery, I am going to make sure I always have LaCasera at home now. I see many possibilities for this drink that I previously ignored and it could be a versatile little addition to my cocktail cabinet. Standby for more ideas…