Cherry Orange Sangria | How to be Awesome on$20 a Day

Cherry Orange Sangria

Cherry Orange Sangria | How to be Awesome on$20 a Day

People have been so nice to me since I left the hospital. They keep bringing me fruit and red wine. It’s just so sweet! #facepalm

It’s cheese and riesing, kids. Or brownies and milk. Or a cheeseburger and a really cold cider. That’s my jam. 

Still, I’m not complaining. I’m tremendously grateful for all the love and support I received both while I was in the hospital and during this annoyingly long recovery. And if that love comes in the form of alcohol, I’m definitely going to find a way to make the most of it. Let’s make sangria, kids.

Cherry Orange Sangria | How to be Awesome on$20 a Day

Sangria equals summer, am I right? Throw some fruit in some wine, maybe a dash of extra booze. It’s all so pretty and festive. You have a whole pitcher stashed in your fridge to sip on throughout the day. It’s like an instant party.

This particular sangria starts with a sliced orange, as many cherries as you can stand to pit, a bottle of red wine goes in (I used zinfandel because that’s what I had, but I think something a bit lighter would have also been nice), then you add some maraschino liqueur, stir it up, and let it all hang out for a while. I did this part the night before. 

When you’re ready to serve, I like to add some club soda to the mix for a hint of sparkle. If you’re a red wine fan, you could probably stop right there. If you don’t love red wine, and we don’t, add some orange juice to your glass, as much as you need to make it awesome. And don’t forget to freeze any extra cherries to keep your drink cool.

Cherry Orange Sangria | How to be Awesome on$20 a Day

See? We can always find a way to make things awesome. When life gives you red wine and cherries, make sangria. It’s the only sensible soluion.

Cherry Orange Sangria
Serves 8
Crisp and fruity Cherry Orange Sangria to liven up your summer.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 orange, sliced
  2. 1-2 cups cherries, pitted
  3. 1 bottle of red wine
  4. 1/2 cup maraschino liqueur
  5. 1 cup club soda
  6. Orange juice to taste
Instructions
  1. Add your oranges and cherries to a large pitcher. Pour over the wine and the liqueur, and give it a good stir. You can let this hang out in the fridge for a few hours to chill and let the fruit and wine get to know each other. If you're in a hurry, just add ice to each glass as you serve.
  2. Before serving, stir in the club soda. Pour over ice and/or frozen cherries. Add orange juice to taste.
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6 Awesome Summer Wines Under $10

6 Awesome Summer Wines

You know I love a good happy hour as much as anybody, but most of the time, I prefer to enjoy a drink in the comfort of my home, or sip a glass of wine discreetly while grilling at the beach. Even if you find a really cheap happy hour, it’s never going to be as affordable as a bottle of wine. 

There are plenty of great white wines to be had for under $10, and if you’re lucky enough to live in a state that sells wine in the grocery store, they’re extremely convenient to pick up for a weekend dinner party or a Wednesday night that needs a dose of calm. Here are some of our favorites in no particular order. I’m not a wine expert. I just like what I like.

Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio is crisp and refreshing. I find it works well with food and isn’t too sweet.

Menage a Trois Moscato is one of Geoff’s favorites. It’s definitely sweet and best for sipping after dinner. I’ll admit that I prefer moscato with ice. I find it calms the syrupy quality that moscato can sometimes have.

Barefoot Refresh Crisp White is the perfect pool or beach side sipper. It’s a little bit bubbly, a little bit sweet, quite crisp and completely refreshing. It seems to have a low alcohol content, so you won’t be stumbling about after a few glasses.

Woodbridge Sauvignon Blanc is a great choice when you need a large bottle of wine. It’s still just under $10 and pleases most any palate. 

Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc is on the green side, which I really like, especially in warm weather. 

Chateau St. Michelle Riesling is possibly my favorite wine. It’s made not far from where I grew up, so it has a sentimental attachment for me. Plus, rieslings are just the right level of sweet for my taste. Not too syrupy, not too dry. It works well with food or on its own.

I almost never buy a wine that costs more than $10. They’re not always great, but they’re rarely that bad. These are all wines I would gladly drink again and again. Feel free to bring a bottle.

What are your favorite summer wines? What will you be drinking at your Labor Day celebration? 

Happy Hour: Formaggio's Wine Bar

Happy Hour: Formaggio’s Wine Bar

Happy Hour: Formaggio's Wine Bar

All day, I had my heart set on a glass of Riesling and a cheese plate. I knew exactly where to get it, but I also knew it would be a bit expensive. After the day I had, hours of standing in the sun in a pencil skirt and heels greeting VIPs, I threw my hands up and just told myself I’d earned it.

Formaggio’s Wine Bar in Market City does have a happy hour every day from 5:30 to 7:00, and they have some really nice choices for food. There are also five different $5 wines and a $4 beer, Peroni. Well drinks are discounted, and they have a few specialty cocktails on offer as well. Sadly, the only white wines were chardonnay, which I don’t care for. I paid full price for my imported German wine. It was lovely, but I’d usually never pay that much for a glass. 

Happy Hour: Formaggio's Wine Bar

Geoff ordered the chicken curry bowl. It was not an oversized portion, but he said it was very good. He made the whole thing disappear in about five minutes. I’d say he liked it. 

Happy Hour: Formaggio's Wine Bar

I ordered the mixed green salad to supplement my cheese plate. I’m not really a salad person, but this was quite enjoyable. There was a sweet, fruity dressing, some gorgeous creamy cheese, and some chopped nuts which all combined perfectly together. I think if you were a salad person, you’d really love it.

The cheese, though, is really all that I could think about. The cheese was amazing. Unfortunately, it wasn’t on the happy hour menu, either, but it was worth it. There were five different types, including a smoked cheddar and a double cream that were just fantastic. It comes with a warm baguette sliced very thinly so there’s not an overwhelming bread to cheese ratio. There were still maybe three bites of cheese left by the time we ran out of bread. I may have dipped some nuts into the remnants of that double cream.

Happy Hour: Formaggio's Wine Bar

After a long stressful day, this was exactly what I needed. Unfortunately, our bill was over our normal budget, but I think this was a well-earned treat. Formaggio’s is more toward the expensive side. It definitely made me wish I had more money to spend because the menu was full of wonderful things. The atmosphere was relaxed but refined, and the service was very friendly. If you stick to what’s offered on the happy hour menu, you could easily eat for less than $20 per person. If you’re feeling the need to treat yourself, Formaggio’s is an excellent place to be. 

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