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.

 

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Ingredients:

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

 

Method:

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…

 

 

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