[*Surprise blog post!* This was created for the Game of Thrones finale, if you didn’t already catch on to that.]
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This sangria can be enjoyed by both dead people and alive…
If you’re a Lannister, the red wine base will call to you from your nearest goblet or gold drinking cup. A Spanish red wine blend will especially appeal to your delicate senses and pair perfectly with the temperature climate of King’s Landing (or wherever Tyrion may be).
If you’re a Stark, an added shot of either cognac or Brandy varietal will reinvigorate your spirits in the high North, warming your body and soothing your mind of the tragedies that have befallen your house. You could use that extra 40% alcohol.
If you’re from the Iron Islands, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find not just orange juice, but also lemonade in this sangria, which will keep scurvy and bits of mal temper at bay, literally, as you sail across the open waters.
Don’t forget about those dragons. Dragons love sangria. Mostly because it has just a tad bit of granulated sugar in it. Similar to horses, dragons love snacking on morsels of granulated white sweetness. What a treat for a good dragon! Plus, the sangria is mixed with much stronger stuff (red wine and cognac, specifically) to keep the fire in their bellies going strong.
Oh wait…you aren’t alive? Not a problem. This sangria has ice in it, a cool and refreshing drink for the previously living, recently undead members of the world. We hear your population growth is on the rise, so you’ll need more of this stuff since you’ll have to put up with Steve from Westeros and Maria from Dorne, who won’t shut up on the long march to the South. (we hear wights are quite chatty).
But wait, there’s more. This drink has food in it. Whether you’re stranded on Casterly Rock or recently lost your food in your loot trains or just plain want the taste of human flesh but aren’t close enough to taste it, use the chunks of fresh apples and oranges to keep you satiated.
Recipe for Red-Wine Based Sangria with Fresh Fruit
*Source: The Messy Cooker’s mom’s secret recipe
Servings: 4 healthy glasses
Difficulty: As easy as Cersei’s ability to put back red wine (very easy)
Time: 5-10 minutes (if you’re a quick slicer like Arya, assume the former. If you’re a slow chopper like the Hound, assume the latter).
- 1 bottle of red wine (Spanish red blends are quite yummy)
- 1 shot cognac or brandy (*I used cognac here)
- 1 cup (or 8 oz) lemonade (plus more to taste)
- 1 cup (or 8 oz) orange juice (plus more to taste)
- 3-4 tablespoons of granulated white sugar
- 2 apples (go for Pink Ladies if you have ‘em)
- 2 oranges
- Chill out. Buy a bag of ice/make some ice ahead of time. If you’re a white walker, just pick it up from the ground, brah.
- Mix your poisons. Combine the red wine, cognac, lemonade, orange juice, and sugar in a pitcher or large bowl or honestly whatever you can find if you don’t have that. Add more lemonade, orange juice, and sugar until it’s to your liking.
- Get chunky with it. Chop up the apples and oranges into bit-sized pieces. Then add that to your sangria pitcher/bowl/whatever else you found.
- Ready your goblets. Add ice to each of your glasses. Pour sangria in it.
- Drink. You’ll need it regardless of your situation. It’s the GoT finale, people.
I like putting ice in the individual goblets, so the main pitcher doesn’t get watered down. But if you’re in a hurry to drink, just dump the ice in the big pitcher and gulp it all down.
Quick Clean Up
If you bought a huge bag of ice, keep that sucker in your kitchen sink. Otherwise you’ll end up with a puddle of ice cold water all over your counter top. Not the worst clean up, just on the annoying side.
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Have a (happy?) Game of Thrones finale, everyone!