It’s that time of year when many people get the winter doldrums; it used to be that such feelings were attributed to mood. Now, I guess, there’s a real disorder associated with those doldrums: Seasonal Affective Disorder. I’m not poo-pooing it at all; I know some people who are profoundly affected in the winter by the shorter days and lack of sunlight. But, I have a cure!
I’m sure that the medical community wouldn’t really call this a cure, but hey, wine IS cheaper than therapy. *wink*
We’ve had a lot of rain lately; then, we had a winter ice storm that was pretty incredible, so it’s been kind of gloomy around here. I love those gloomy days; they are perfect for curling up with a good book, for having some bread rising in the kitchen, for throwing on a huge pot of steamy soup. But! When that first bit of sunshine comes after a period of dismal, dreary, days, I start thinking about spring and summer and warmth…. and pitchers of Sangria!
So, I’ve told you how incredible and wonderful my friends are; how they know me so, so very well? This is a tray that my friend, Pat, gave me for Christmas:
And since the sun is shining today, and since I’m puttering in the kitchen
I’m sure you have a hard time believing that, and since I had an idea for a new Sangria…well, I’ve called the girlfriends to come over. There will be no whining. But there will be wine!
Y’all try this recipe sometime, when you feel like a taste of sunshine to brighten up your day.
p.s.: Oh, yes. Please drink responsibly.
- 7 cups red wine (I'm not proud, I use box wine to make Sangria)
- 1½ cups orange juice (I use fresh squeezed, but you don't have to do so.)
- 1 cup Pomegranate juice
- 1 cup Brandy
- 1 cup Sparkling Apple Cider (I do use hard cider)
- Mix all the ingredients in a large pitcher.
- Add slices of fresh citrus, I use lemon, lime and orange.
- Serve chilled.