Who doesn't love a good sangria, but not the work it takes to make it? And who hasn't accidentally left out overnight a partially full bottle of red wine only to find the fresh fruit flavors and aromatics flattened out?
Mixicles to the rescue!
Here's what you do: put two Mixicles cubes in a glass (we recommend one each of Orange Blossom Pomegranate and either Blackberry Lemon Thyme or Blueberry Lemon Basil, which are found in our Distinctive and Essential Collections), and top them with the wine. Seriously, that's it. Any fruity, somewhat-dry red wine will do. You don't necessarily want to use your best wine for sangria anyway, because you're mixing other ingredients into it.
If you'd like, you can add some pieces of fruit like apples and oranges as well as ice to the glass, but the Mixicles will provide all the flavor you need and chill the wine at the same time. You may also wish to add a shot of brandy or orange liqueur to boost the alcohol content and deepen the flavor of the drink.
QUICKIE SANGRIA (AKA RED WINE REVIVER)
- 1 Orange Blossom Pomegranate Mixicles cube
- 1 Blackberry Lemon Thyme or Blueberry Lemon Basil Mixicles cube
- 1 ounce brandy or orange liqueur
- red wine
- 1/4 apple, chopped
- 1/4 orange, chopped, plus a slice for garnish
- blackberries or blueberries for garnish
Place the Mixicles cubes in a glass and muddle them a bit. Add the chopped fruit, brandy or orange liqueur, and red wine. Stir well. Taste and adjust the flavor as desired. Add ice and stir again. Garnish with a slice of orange and a handful of blackberries or blueberries. ¡Salud!
Jen Morales is the co-founder of Cincinnati-based Mixicles, an all-natural, frozen, non-alcoholic botanical mixer that can be popped into any liquor, wine, champagne, etc for an instant cocktail. They can even used as a natural foundation for distinctive zero-proof drinks and smoothies. Learn more at https://mixicles.com.