Hello All!

I hope you all had a wonderful Mardi Gras, and are gearing up for a great St. Patrick’s! I promised you that this next blog post would be about an actual drink, so let’s do my Mardi Gras drink.

When I was in Austin, TX about a month ago, I went to a wine tasting at the House Wine. The wine rep was doing a presentation on Argentinian wine. We went through 5 wines. At some point, he discussed how Argentinians made Sangria. Unlike most of the recipes I have seen in the United States, they make their sangria by the glass, which I thought was interesting. To them, it’s another cocktail, not a special events drink only. Since I like my drinks by the glass and not the gallon, I was happy to have another recipe.

I’ve organized my life and my blog, and I have started writing down all the recipes that I want to try. My friend Christian came over on Mardi Gras to return Michael‘s phone which he left in the car.

Argentinian Sangria

1 4-6 oz glass of red wine

1 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Lime Juice

1 tbsp Sugar

Club Soda

Combine vodka, lime juice, red wine, and sugar in a wine glass.

Stir. Try and stir until the sugar dissolves.

Top with club soda.

Evaluation

One important thing about making this drink is that you do not add ice. The amount of ice that we use in our drinks is a very American custom. For those of you who have traveled abroad, I’m sure you can attest to the fact that others do not add the gallons of ice to their drinks like they way we do in ours.

I think the drink is great. I have to admit I’m particularly impressed by the following aspects of the drink:

  1. There’s no waiting. Too many Sangria recipes require you to wait 2 hours to 2 weeks before you can drink it. If I want Sangria, I want it now. It’s the Gen Y in me.
  2. It’s a per glass recipe. Most sangria recipes require a punch bowl of booze. Like I said, I don’t normally drink quarts of liquor. When I drink with other people, most people want different cocktails. Drinking is like eating, you want everyone to get a different dish, so you can all taste everything.
  3. As I discussed this before in my Calimocho post, sometimes I have a bottle of wine that maybe tastes only okay, but I don’t want to pour out the bottle or just cook with it. This is another great recipe for consumption of that pesky bottle of red wine that’s floating around.
  4. I like to find recipes that capture the ingredient’s integrity, while creating a new and harmonious drink. When drinking this version of Sangria, you can capture all the flavors if tasting for them, but the sum is greater than the parts.

Cost

1 750 mL bottle of red wine: $3

1 750 mL bottle of vodka: $12

1 lime: $0.50

1 L of tonic: $1.00

Total cost: $16.50

I’m just going to assume you have sugar.

Ultimately, it’s a great recipe for all of you who love drinking internationally.

As always, happy and safe drinking.

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