Relax by the Pool with Bobby Flay's Tequila Sangria
Make a refreshingly sweet sangrita this summer.
Photos by Molly Dunn
Sitting by the pool while sipping on a fruity cocktail is the best way to spend a lazy summer Saturday afternoon. One of my favorite cooking shows on Food Network is Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction. He always grills mouthwatering meals, pairs them with scrumptious side dishes and rounds the whole meal out with a refreshing mixed drink.
Last week Bobby made fish tacos with a tequila sangria, or what he likes to call a sangrita. No, this is not just a regular sangria; it's a combination of a sangria and a margarita. Here's how you can make this sweet-tart and refreshing mixed drink.
Mash the fruit with the mint to bring out all of the sweet and natural flavors.
First, slice up all of the fruit into thin rounds. Start by halving and slicing a medium-sized naval orange, followed by two lemons and two limes. Place the fruit slices into a pitcher along with about 10 or 12 large mint leaves. Muddle the fruit with the mint inside the pitcher to start opening up the sweet fruit flavors and the relaxing scent of mint. I made sure to get the fruit and mint completely mashed so that the natural flavors would really shine in the drink.
If you don't have a muddler, just use the wood end of a rubber spatula; it's long enough to reach the bottom of the pitcher and gets the job done.
Sweeten the drink with agave nectar.
Next, pour in 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, 2/3 cup of agave nectar and 1/2 cup of silver tequila. All of these flavors, so far, give you the margarita side of this drink. Now it's time to make it more of a sangria. Pour in a whole bottle of chilled white wine. You can use just about any white wine of your choice. Bobby's recipe recommends a Sauvignon Blanc, so that's what I went with. However, if you want a sweeter drink, add a Pinot Grigio, like one commenter suggested.
Cover the pitcher and stick it in the refrigerator for a minimum of four hours, or you can keep it in the fridge overnight.
Once you are ready to serve, pour the drink into eight glasses, and don't forget the trash ‑- add pieces of sliced fruit and mint into each glass for a beautiful presentation and to make it more of a sangria. Top off each glass with ¼ cup of lemon-lime soda, and you're ready to serve.
This drink is definitely sweetened more so from the fruit and white wine than anything else. It's perfect for enjoying outside by the pool or with friends over for dinner.
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