A Frugal Cocktail?

Last night I made white wine sangria. It is a perfect summer drink, cool and refreshing. And it occurred to me, as I chopped a slightly browned apple and some past-their-prime strawberries, that sangria is a great way to use up oldish fruit. And because it’s a punch, there’s no need to use good wine or good brandy in the cocktail. Sangria is an economical drink that doesn’t taste like it is economical.
I punched the numbers this morning and discovered that this sangria only cost me $3.70 a pitcher, or $.62 a glass. Compare that to a bottle of white wine ($11 or so, or $2.20 a glass) or a margarita (roughly $4.50 a glass using decent tequila, I’m guessing).
More on that in a second. First, here’s the recipe.

White Wine Sangria

    About 2 cups fruit, chopped.
    3 oz brandy*
    1 bottle cheap white wine (I used Charles Shaw Chardonnay, otherwise known as $2 Chuck)
    Half a liter of 7-Up, Sprite, or club soda to top

* I make strong Sangria. If you want a lighter version, use 1.5 oz, or one shot, of brandy instead.
Cut up fruit and put in a pitcher. I used strawberries, peaches, champagne grapes, and half an apple. The only “new” fruit I added to the mix were the peaches–everything else came from the garden or were on the old side.
Pour brandy and wine in the pitcher. Refrigerate for at least an hour so the alcohol can work on the fruit and release their juices.
Add about half a liter of 7-Up to the mix. Pour into wine glasses and serve. It makes about 6 glasses of Sangria, enough to share with friends.
Cost of Dish: Brandy: $1.20 (or $.60 if you do the lighter version); Wine: $2; Peaches: $.25; Other fruit: Free from the garden or about to be thrown out; 7-Up: $.25.
Total Cost: $3.70 or $.62 per serving. (For lighter Sangria: $3.10 or $.52 per serving.)
Pretty good for an entire pitcher of drinks.

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5 thoughts on “A Frugal Cocktail?”

  1. ah, just an hour? That’s fast! My gf just asked me about white sangria, never thought of using two buck chuck – that’s a great idea!

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