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Summertime Sangria

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Summer is sippin’ time! Well, at least it is in my family. It’s the time where you can make big pitchers of sangria and sit sippin’ on the porch all day till it’s gone. Don’t worry. For us kids my parents gave us lemonade and sweet tea.

Now, if you read Nutmeg Nanny a lot you will notice something. My cocktail category is HUGE. Why? Well because I like cocktails. Who doesn’t? That is why when I was asked to make a cocktail for this month’s Kitchen PLAY event I was ecstatic! I was even more excited when I found who was sponsoring the event: CUTCO Cutlery.

I know, I know. Why would I be excited about a knife company sponsoring an event where I’m supposed to make the cocktail? Here’s why. Have you ever made sangria? Do you know how much fruit you have to cut up?! A lot! Doing that with a cheap knife is no fun!

The main thing I liked about CUTCO is that the all of their knives are made in the USA. It’s hard to find good-quality products that are still made in the USA. Not only that, but they offer a “forever guarantee” on their knives. This means they guarantee their performance, sharpness and even offer reduced cost to knives that have been damaged due to misuse or abuse. This is quality!

They were also kind enough to send to me one of their Trimmer knives, and it was a total workhorse in the kitchen. It sliced through all the fruits with ease and cut my sangria-making time in half! (I admit, most my knives are not so good).

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Summertime Sangria

Yield: 1 pitcher

Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus 2 hours in the refridgerator)

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes (plus 2 hours in the refridgerator)

Ingredients:

1 bottle dry red wine (750 milliliter)
1/4 cup cognac or brandy
1/4 cup triple sec liqueur
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 - 1/3 cup sugar (depending on your desired sweetness)
1 apple - cored and cubed
1/2 orange - thinly sliced (peel on)
1 lime - thinly sliced (peel on)
1/2 cup strawberries - hulled and sliced
1/2 cup cherries - seeded and cut in half
1 liter seltzer water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except seltzer water. Let sit in large pitcher for at least two hours until flavors have combined. When you are ready to serve add seltzer water and enjoy!

To celebrate summertime dining, CUTCO Cutlery is also sponsoring a delicious giveaway at Kitchen PLAY. Simply recreate one or more recipes from this month’s Progressive Party, post about the experience on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter.  All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win a CUTCO Salad Mates gift set, which includes a Paring Knife and Trimmer (six prizes total, valued at $113 each). Prizes will be shipped directly to each winner. Please review the complete contest rules before entering.
Disclosure: This CUTCO knife was supplied to my by CUTCO and Kitchen PLAY for no charge. However, as always all opinions are 100% my own.
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