Strawberry SangriaThe last recipe of 2014 and this Strawberry Sangria could not be easier or more delicious.

I was not planning to do another drink so soon after the deliciously decadent Christmas Milkshake but wanted to make the last recipe of the year something really pretty.

Strawberry Sangria

The brief to myself was to make it beautiful, festive and celebratory and I do think I succeeded in that. I had a lot of fun photographing it as well, ignoring some rules, seeing where the process took  me and I am so happy with the results.

This recipe is really worth saving for those of you in the northern hemisphere, where the thought of an ice cold drink is the furtherest thing from your mind at the moment. And for those of us in the southern hemisphere, this is my new summer drink of choice so I do want you to try it!

Strawberry Sangria

I “permanently borrowed” a vase from my Mom and I think serving it in a vase makes it just a bit more special. I also think that a Rosé bubbly will be perfect for this sangria so replace the standard Rosé with bubbly if you have it. If you want the sangria to be a bit sweeter, add a tablespoon or so simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water slowly brought to the boil while stirring, simmered until all the sugar has melted) but I don’t think it needs it at all.

 Strawberry Sangria

As this is the last recipe of the year I want to thank everyone who has visited this blog for the last year, the wonderful people who subscribe to the blog and all my followers on the various social media channels. There has been so many lovely comments and messages from all over the world and that keeps me dedicated and inspired to keep  delivering interesting and delicious recipes with beautiful photos – the heinstirred way.

I am leaving on Friday for a short trip to Beirut. To explore, smell, eat, get lost, photograph and discover. Did I say eat and photograph? It is a place that has fascinated me since reading an article in my teens and I am really excited that I have the chance to go. So I guess January’s recipes will have a distinct Lebanese feel to them. I am looking forward to share some of my discoveries with you and plan to do at least one post from there while travelling.

So indeed it might not be the last post of the year but I want to wish everyone a happy and safe festive season which ever way you may celebrate.

With foodie love
Hein x

Strawberry Sangria

Ingredients

  • 750 ml dry rose wine (chilled)
  • 250ml apple juice (chilled)
  • 750ml strawberry juice (chilled)
  • 250ml soda water (chilled)
  • Garnish
  • 250g strawberries, stem on and sliced in halve
  • mint leaves
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Mix the liquids in a large glass jug with 3 litre capacity.
  2. Add some ice cubes to chill more and garnish with the strawberries and mint leaves.
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