Heat Wave Relief

Todays entry is brought to you by the letter M for MELTING! Like everything around me is melting into pools.

It’s 40 degrees in Ottawa. I’m not going to complain by saying something like.. oh…. I don’t know… it’s so hot that I can’t leave my butter out at room temp because it just melts…or ummm… I haven’t slept through the night in 4 days now and I’m frighteningly cranky and sour faced all day. No no, no complaining happening here. I AM JUST TOTALLY TICKLED PINK ABOUT IT!

So anyways. Moving on from not complaining, I’ve come up with a fool proof way to (almost) beat the heat. It involves cold showers, a spray bottle with cold water, a fan, and plenty of fluids. Oh… so this is common knowledge, is it? Well… let me tell you something you don’t know. I make really good sangria. Did you know that? I bet you didn’t. I only make it for my best friend and she’s the only one who’s told me it’s SO good. And maybe it’s only because she wants me to make it for her…. but I’m going to go ahead and trust her judgement and claim that I make the best sangria in all the land. Or at least on my street… or at least in my apartment.

Really, though - it’s a pretty basic recipe. So if you don’t have your own fool-proof recipe - give this a go. You can always make it your own by adding whatever extras you want! I’ve given exact measurements but I’ll be honest with you.. I usually just add a bit of this, a splash of that and a handful of this and it comes out well every time. The most important part is making it in advance so the fruits and wine can sit and mingle and become close friends.

Fruity Sangria for 40 Degree Weather*

1 Bottle of Red Wine (I used Rocamar, a well priced [cheap] Spanish red with good acidity)
1 pint fresh (or frozen) strawberries, sliced
1 pint raspberries, whole
1 pint blackberries, whole
1 red apple, slice into rounds (I didn’t worry about coring it)
1 bunch of red grapes, sliced in half
2 peaches, cut into slices
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 lime, slice into rounds
2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (or the best quality orange juice you can find)
1 cup club soda (optional - I just like a little carbonation)
a few good glugs of Triple Sec (or whatever orange liquer you prefer)

Add everything together in a big bowl or a few pitchers. Let sit for at least an hour. Pour over ice, sit back, spray yourself down with some cold water, and enjoy. (Body spraying is, of course, optional)

This is up drinking our sangria in the heat. Maybe (most definitely) a bad combination after 3 or 4 glasses.

*or any weather…I guess

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