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Day 29: 31 Day Challenge – Sangria for 20-ish people for $20-ish

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Did you know that Sangria is one of the most delicious, affordable and simple drink options you can provide at a party?  It’s true and in this post I am going to cost it out and give you the raddest recipe ever.  It’s a hybrid of a couple of recipes and it’s pretty boozy too!

Here’s the shopping list (prices may vary where you are):

  • Box wine – buy the Corbet Canyon Merlot because you can get it for $10.99 and it 4 bottles of wine.
  • Brandy – smaller bottle $11.99 (you’ll use half to bottle so $5.99)
  • Ginger Ale – 2 liter $1.19
  • Orange juice concentrate – $1.67
  • Lemonade concentrate – $1.67
  • 2 oranges $1.73
  • 2 Limes $1.18
  • 2 Apples $1.75
  • 2 Lemons $1.45

Grand total: $29.62

Day 29: Sangria for 20-ish people for $20-ish

Sangria Recipe:

Ingredients –

  • 2 cups brandy
  • 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 can orange juice concentrate
  • 1 box wine (equal to four 750 ml bottles)
  • 2 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 2 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 2 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1 2 liter of ginger ale
  • water to taste
  • optional – 1/2 jar maraschino cherries
  • optional – if you have triple sec you can add 1 cup of triple sec and remove one cup of brandy.

Directions –

Start this recipe the day before your party.  I like to use a large pot for mixing the batch of sangria in.  Mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice concentrate, red wine. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.  Add ginger ale just before serving.  Then add water to taste.  The reason for the water is that this drink will be pretty thick if you don’t add water.  It’s a great way to make the drink to your liking.  If you like your drinks strong add a cup or two of water.  If you like it a little weaker or you have a larger group to imbibe you can add numerous cups of water.

Makes: 48 1/2 cup servings (everyone can have 2 drinks this way)

Costed out: $.62 per 1/2 cup serving.  If you add more water this recipe can be as low as $.50 per 1/2 cup serving.

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!

by:jen