Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sangria (Non-alcoholic) and Loads of Awards :)

On our visit to a spanish restaurant to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary, we first time tried Sangria. Sangria, which means bloody in spanish, is a wine punch. Both Nisarg and I don't take alcohol, so we asked for a non-alcoholic version and what they served was so yummy!!
Here is a recipe that is adapted from Giada's Italian Cooking that I tried some time ago. It was so delicious, we just drank our dinner that day :).

1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups mint syrup (recipe follows)
1 lemon (zested and thinly sliced)
1 lime (zested and thinly sliced)
1 cup sliced strawberries, grapes, raspeberries
4-5 fresh mint sprigs
1 can Sprite (I used Sprite Zero)
water (to adjust sweetness)
crushed ice

Mint Syrup:

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves

  • For the mint syrup, in a saucepan, combine sugar, water and mint over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Strain before using and keep aside.
  • In a large bowl or pitcher, combine all the ingredients. Fill tall glasses with crushed ice and pour sangria over the top.

I would like to send this lovely sangria to Priya's FIC-Pink event which was started by SunshineMom.

FIC - Pink or Rose

Now awards time!!!
To start with, Madhavi and Purva passed this lovely award to me. Thank you so much guys:).


This award states that-These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement(? big word, lol). Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I would like to pass this beautiful award to Gopi, Srilekha, Usha, Mansi, Yasmeen, Gunjan, DK and Trupti.

Purva and Vibaas have showered me with so many wonderful awards. I am so giddy with excitement!!
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Two more awards from Purva!! Thank you so much dear for making me feel so special:)


Vibaas also sent me blogging with a purpose award. Thanks once again!!


I would like to pass this bundle of awards to Sia, Madhavi, Gopi, Yasmeen, Trupti, Anudivya, Bindiya, Usha, Mansi, DK and Homecooked.



bindiya said...

the sangria looks divine, thanks so much for the awards, definitely cherish them!

Khaugiri said...

Wow its looking very colorful, perfect for summer!!!!!

Gopi Shah said...

Never heard about this drink. Probably because we also don't take alcohol. I will surely try out this. when you try gnocchi, let me know hot it turns out!!

Congratulations for all this awards and thanks a lot for passing it to me.

trupti s. said...

Congrats on your anniversary! Sangria is a lovely drink to look at!
Thank you for the awards...very nice of you to think of me!

the spice who loved me

Yasmeen said...

Refreshing drink,perfect for hot summer days.Thank you for thinking about me dear:)

Varsha Vipins said...

Sangria looks bright n refreshing..!!!:)
Congrats on all your awards..:)

DEESHA said...

Congrats on completing 2 years of married life. that does sound very refreshing

Priya said...

Thanks for sending this refreshing Sangria to FIC Rose Chandani.. Congrats on ur awards, ENjoy the awards!!

Malar Gandhi said...

Sangria looks great, love it...super cool!:)

Sia said...

Chandini, congrats on all the awards and thank u for passing them to me:)

DK said...

Awards are sure pouring in..! Congrats on getting these.

Am glad to have been in your thoughts while passing them on. Thanks :)

phanithabharat said...

That looks like one refreshing drink...
Congrats on your awards...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow this drink looks colorful and pretty. :)

thanks for wishing my parents, appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

The sangaria looks fantastic. Thanks for the award :) Will display it soon!.

Madhumathi said...

Sangria..It sounds soo cool..I don't knwo about it before..I too don't take alcohol..Love this version..I gotta give this a try..Thanks for posting :)

Madhavi said...

Hummm refreshing entry Chandani, congratulations on ur award :)) Thank you so much for sharing them with me :)) said...

Hai! I like your Sangria. Similar to it I have tasted Saudi champaign. But I am not sure with its recipe. Sangria pulls me towards it. Will try

Shanthi said...

Refreshing and unique.Visit my blog when time permits.