So for this St. Patrick's Day let's change it up a bit and instead of that same old green beer you drink every year how about something different - Sangria! What? That's right St. Patty's Day Sangria...I know it sounds crazy but I personally can only drink so much beer before I start to swell so since I love wine so much I think this wine-themed recipe is the perfect substitute - it takes a wee bit o' Irish Whiskey and transforms the traditional Spanish Sangria into a festive, "Irish" Sangria and it works well with corned beef and cabbage for celebrating Saint Patrick's day.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1 Bottle of white wine (Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc)
1 Lemon cut into wedges
1 Orange cut into wedges
1-2 Green apples cut into wedges
1/2 Cup sugar
1-2 Shots of Irish Whiskey
2 Cups club soda or ginger ale
Splash of lime juice
Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the wedges of orange, lemon and apple(leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar, lime juice and whiskey. Chill overnight. Add club soda or ginger ale just before serving (may substitute lemon-lime cola for club soda/ginger ale if you prefer a sweeter sangria).
If you'd like to serve right away, use well chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.
Addition ideas: May add a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, also adding frozen citrus concentrates like orange, lemon or limeade add even more intensity to the flavor. If you prefer to enjoy more subtle fruit flavors, then just add a splash of raw lime juice. Top with an Irish cocktail flag.