Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer Rooftop Sangria Party

I'd been meaning to invite some friends over to my apartment ever since I moved in, but the time was finally right when the building rooftop re-opened a few weeks ago.

I made white wine sangria, a refreshing drink perfect for the hot & humid NYC weather:

Prep time: 20-30 minutes (I'm not a fast slicer).
Serves 7.

3 750 ml Bottles of white wine (Sauvignon Blanc)
2 Large oranges
2 Lemons
2 Limes
4 oz Brandy
1/2 Liter of ginger ale

To make the fruits look pretty in the bowl, I cut the oranges and limes into wedges, squeezing some juice in along the way, and sliced the lemons.
Pour in the wine and chill in the fridge for a few hours.
When ready to serve, keep a ratio of 2/3 wine and 1/3 ginger ale.

Fruit preparation:

Carrots, cucumber, homemade tzaziki dip, and sangria:

With the help of 2 friends, we made the tzaziki dip using this recipe. Although the directions include straining the yoghurt to remove excess water, the plain Greek yoghurt I bought from Trader Joe's had absolutely no liquid around it, so we were able to skip this step.
The dip came out really well, light but tasty from all the garlic. Since there's quite a bit leftover from the party, I've been using it as a salad dressing as well.

Below is a photo of my favorite Trader Joe's Mediterranean hummus. I think next time I'll try to make this.

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