Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Bites with Romesco Sauce & Sparkling Sangria with Cranberries and Oranges
Sangria is one of the most fulfilling drinks to make for parties. The colors are so festive and it is easy to come up with your own combination of ingredients. You can use white wine, red wine, rose, or in this case sparkling rose. And then there’s the fruit- you can control the mood of your sangria by choosing fruits with the bright colors that best reflect the style of your party.
The sweet, spicy and tart flavors in this sangria are lovely and well-balanced with the bubbles from the sparkling rose. The vibrant color combination of the deep red cranberries and the sunny oranges create such a gorgeous presentation. I couldn’t help but add the turquoise background to the photos to help the colors pop even more.
Yet again, Debi has a delicious hors d’oeuvre to share with you all: Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Bites with Romesco Sauce. For her recipe, click here.
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Sparkling Sangria with Cranberries & Oranges
1 pint fresh or frozen cranberries
2 oranges, sliced
2 bottles sparkling rose (Rioja, Pinot Noir and regular Rose work as well)
1 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (about 2 oranges)
2/3 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1/2 cup cinnamon simple syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
(*you can also use 1/2 cup honey, just omit the water)
5 sticks of cinnamon, broken
2 allspice berries
Begin by making the simple syrup. Put the ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan and bring to a slow simmer, stirring constantly. Continue stirring and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the simple syrup into a cup or bowl to cool.
When the syrup is cool, combine it with the cranberry juice and orange juice. Whisk until the syrup is dissolved in the juices. Next, combine the ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher, combine the liquids and stir together.
Add ice and the fresh fruit to the bowl/pitcher and serve.