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Homemade Sangria & Hardware Store Tarp Blue – Epi 29

Homemade Sangria & Hardware Store Tarp Blue – Epi 29

Podcast Summary:

“Anyway, I’ll Drink to That” is a Boozn Sam’s production, exploring the fun, quirky, and fascinating tales of drinks (homemade sangria in this episode) that define culture, history and the world. Every drink has a story to tell, and I’m going to tell it…as true as I can. Hosted by Sam, from Boozn Sam’s. Saddle up with a good cocktail and give me a few minutes of your time for a mystery surrounding a drink that changed the world.

Episode 29 Notes:

The traveling Hank went around the world, only to find a secret summer treasure, in a remote place, an old man, and an island that had many secrets to share, including homemade sangria. 

Transcript of Podcast:

*This is the entire podcast episode in written form. Do not read if you want the audio version to be spoiled.

The water is blue today. A Hardware store $20 tarp blue color. And the only difference between the tarp and what moves before Hank is the diamonds shimmering across the surface as the wind ripples the water, which reflects the sun. Below his feet the sand is hot and he had to turn his feet on their edges to protect the soles from scalding. The sand is a fine silt and feels soft. Behind him, there is the tink, tink, tink of the cooling four wheeler engine. 

He’s dusty from zipping down dry roads on the island and speeding past hand built, stone stacked walls with reckless joy. The land was partitioned off by these simple stone walls, which were formed by men who had stacked blocks of stone on top of each other. They weren’t high, maybe knee height in some places to waist-high in others, but they served their purpose whether that was to keep animals in or mark off territory.

Hank zipped by them all. He liked to punch the throttle and hear the engine whine. See the trail of dust leap into the air and form a thin line like crop-dusters dusting fields of corn. This reckless abandon led Hank many places. It took him to a marble quarry where precious, famous marble is mined. It’s the same type of marble that was used in the statues throughout Athens. Or, in the temples and ancient ruins of that city. 

There are other wonders on the islands too. The butterfly house with native flowers and butterflies that smells like lavender and crisp, tree fruit. Hank was moving slow and quiet through the house, letting the butterflies circle around him and brush against his skin. Then dash away to the safety of flower petals and leaves. 

Beyond the butterfly house and the marble quarry, there is a winery with a handwritten “Wine and Liquor” sign in black paint. At first Hank couldn’t find the man. He turned to leave when we heard someone call him back. And there he was. An older Greek man, emerging from a nearby garage.  Following him into his small barn he cleared off two seats and took a seat himself.  

He was in his mid fifties and had spent his whole life in this house. His mother before him and her mother before her had owned the property.  When he was younger he had ventured off the Island and traveled around Europe. He went to school for engineering. He worked as a sailor. He worked in Spain. He traveled extensively.  

Eventually, he returned home to his simple life of working the land with his hands and turning the products of nature into products for consumption. He chain smoked and spoke in a combination of spanish, english and greek calling a church, iglesia and a beach, playa. He set out his honey liquor and kept talking. He had sunshine in his heart and he was determined to share it. 

His son left him. Moved to the mainland. He needed the city life, the vintner said. He needed the excitement. There was nothing he wanted here.

Hank looked around. The idea struck him as odd. This place to hold everything worth having and none of the things that were worth avoiding. There was no traffic. No fear of getting robbed or beaten. Derelict buildings were replaced with sunshine and fresh air instead of car exhaust. 

Hank liked the man. Hank also liked the honey liquor. So, Hank bought a bottle of white wine from the man and felt the sunshine in his heart. Then he stuffed the wine into his four wheeler and continued on. He road through the dusty switchbacks from one side of the island to the other and found an empty beach. This, was as good a place as any to enjoy a nice bottle of wine. A good bottle of wine is also made better by the people and place. That goes for a mediocre bottle of wine too. Come to think of it. The people and the moment, are just as important as the experience itself. 

So, that’s what drove Hank off of his four wheeler in the middle of the day and on to the beach. The beaches in Greece are different. Ungroomed. Sharp and pointy on the feet. You have to swing your arms for balance as stones jab at you. Hank looked like an ape in that moment. Picking his way through the hot, golden sand on the edges of his feet. Trying to avoid the sharp, jabbing pangs from the rocky beach. Swinging his arms for balance. The only thing missing was an “oooo”, “oooo”, “oooo!”

Whooshhhh!

Another wave crashes against the shore of the empty beach. Hank took a sip of the wine and reflected on his life. Most didn’t believe he lived this life. They thought he was lying. They couldn’t related to it so it couldn’t be true. 

But, a month ago it was St. Petersburg, Russia and then shooting big guns in Estonia. Two weeks ago it was Budapest seeing the travesties of socialism in a former soviet bloc country.  Today it’s the Greek islands for Hank, an area often described with clichés such as “sun-soaked” and “white-washed.” 

Days ago Hank left behind the busy city of Athens, its crowded streets, noisy cars and constant bustle for this little plot of sand he now sits on. Life on the islands is different, simpler. It’s made better by wine. 

And this wine tastes light like the carefree attitude of island life. It’s airy, like the wind blowing through you on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Soft and friendly, like the vintner’s smile. But, the wine also has hints of something more. It’s a perfect wine. A perfect summer sipper.

And it reminded Hank of the plants near the top of the island. They were green and very much alive but struggling against the heat and dry ground to grow big. They had that special quality of surviving, despite harsh conditions.  

They put down roots into the ground and latched on to the dry, hard ground with all their strength. They were not going anywhere. They would fulfill their purpose, even if these vines wouldn’t grow as tall or hardy as some of their other European siblings. They would adapt to the difficult conditions. They would grow in different ways, with their trunks winding in a circle around themselves as a way to protect the buds inside. They would share their grapes. They would bring joy, like they were bringing joy now to Hank. 

And in their taste they would also give hope. Because a good glass of wine can be the only thing that matters, at times. In truth, the rest of the things don’t matter. Nothing matters, in fact, but being in that moment. In that place, wherever that place is. With whoever you want to share that moment with.     

For Hank, right now this was the island of Paros, a place not claiming to have the best sunset in the world, or the lost city of Atlantis, but a place holding a silent confidence in its beaches, which line either side of the island, like a sandwich, with a great mountain in the middle.

A place where you can smell tropical flowers in the air, have butterflies brush your skin, and speak to a retired engineer who is staying young by keeping the sunshine in his heart, and sharing that sunshine with whoever stops by. 

It would actually be that sunshine which would inspire Hank over a decade later in a different way. A way that would create a product that could also give people that same sense of connection to the present moment and the joy of being there. 

It’s why Hank added lavender to his homemade sangria, as a reminder of those strong, tropical smells that inspired him all those years ago. As a way to transport other people to that same state of mind. To experience the best within them, by experiencing the best around them. Because, the fact is, that life is meant to be lived and the best way to live life is through experiences.

It’s why Hank, which was the pen name for me, Sam,

Decided to create Sam’s Sangria, a Greek inspired homemade sangria 

It was a selfish reason really. 

An inability to find a drink that could taste like the Greek Islands tasted.

An inability to find someone who had the experience, the years of travel, the work ethic, and the desire to actually create a drink that had some thought behind it. 

It’s a selfish reason really.

The desire to bring the sunshine to your heart, the way the retired engineer, turned vintner brought the sunshine to my heart.

It’s why I created Summer Sipper

A sugar free, lavender, orange and raspberry sangria kit that can make homemade quality sangria in 10 minutes and turn $10 wine into $100 dollar wine.

And bring you some sunshine… nay… some SAMshine.

Anyway, I’ll drink to that. 

White Sangria Cocktail Recipe

White Sangria Cocktail Recipe

The Perfect White Sangria Cocktail Recipe:

You’re here for a white sangria cocktail recipe, so let’s get it. This recipe is modeled after our popular Santeria Sangria, which is a blend between traditional, Spanish sangria and a refreshing, unique Boozn Sam’s take in the form of floral notes that balance out the sweet fruit flavors.  

Ingredients:

  • A bottle of Pinot Grigio
  • 1/4 cup Elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 medium sized orange, sliced
  • 1/2 pint of fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 pint of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • Fresh Mint
  • Ice cubes

Assembly

  1. Slice your fruit. All of it. Large chunks will do. Put in a large pitcher.
  2. Add your bottle of wine
  3. Add your liquor. Note, the liquor adds tastes and fortifies. You can make this without extra liquor. Add another orange and a full pint of strawberries.
  4. Let sit for an hour (overnight is better.)
  5. Grab the glass of your choosing. Fill the glass half full with ice. Add your sangria.
  6. Garnish with your fresh mint. 
  7. Enjoy.

The Extended Version for making a White Sangria Cocktail Recipe

n this blog post, we’ll be sharing a sensational Orange White Sangria Cocktail recipe that will elevate your summer gatherings to new heights. Bursting with citrusy flavors and infused with the essence of the season, this cocktail is guaranteed to be a hit at any soirée. So, let’s embark on a journey to cocktail perfection and delight in the flavors of summer.

Sangria is best served chilled, allowing the flavors to meld together and develop over time. Many recipes recommend refrigerating the sangria for several hours or even overnight before serving to achieve the optimal flavor profile.

One of the great things about sangria is its versatility. You can customize it to suit your taste preferences and the ingredients you have on hand. Experiment with different fruits, wines, spirits, and sweeteners to create your own signature sangria masterpiece.

Ingredients:

  • A bottle of Pinot Grigio
  • 1/4 cup Elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 medium sized orange, sliced
  • 1/2 pint of fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 pint of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • Fresh Mint
  • Ice cubes

Assembly

  1. Slice your fruit. All of it. Large chunks will do. Put in a large pitcher.
  2. Add your bottle of wine
  3. Add your liquor. Note, the liquor adds tastes and fortifies. You can make this without extra liquor. Add another orange and a full pint of strawberries.
  4. Let sit for an hour (overnight is better.)
  5. Grab the glass of your choosing. Fill the glass half full with ice. Add your sangria.
  6. Garnish with your fresh mint. 
  7. Enjoy.

Final Notes:

The longer you let your white sangria cocktail recipe sit the stronger the flavors will infuse and the more intense your sangria will be. I like to let my drinks meld overnight. If you’re short on time, and want to skip the hassle of buying all the ingredients, buy the kit. Many of the ingredients are organic, and, since they are dried ingredients, they are more potent. You can get a great sangria in 10 minutes!

Red Sangria Recipe

Red Sangria Recipe

The Perfect Red Sangria Recipe:

You’re here for the red sangria recipe, so let’s get it. This recipe is modeled after our popular Santeria Sangria, which is a blend between traditional, Spanish sangria and a refreshing, unique Boozn Sam’s take in the form of floral notes that balance out the sweet fruit flavors.  

Ingredients:

  • A bottle of Tempranillo or Grenache red wine (feeling fancy? Check out this delicious Bayfield Winery Row 25
  • 1 medium sized red apple
  • 1 medium sized oranges, sliced
  • 1/2 pint of fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 pint of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 pint of strawberries
  • Dried Rose or Hibiscus Petals
  • Ice cubes

Assembly

  1. Slice your fruit. All of it. Large chunks will do. Put in a large pitcher.
  2. Add your bottle of wine
  3. Let sit for an hour (overnight is better.)
  4. Grab the glass of your choosing. Fill the glass half full with ice. Add your sangria.
  5. Garnish with your flower petals. 
  6. Enjoy.

*Fortify with triple sec orange

The Extended Version for making Red Sangria

Although sangria’s appeal lies in its versatility and the way it brings people together over food and drink, nothing beats a good ol’ fashioned red sangria recipe. This recipe is modeled after our popular Santeria Sangria, which is a blend between traditional, Spanish sangria and a refreshing, unique Boozn Sam’s take in the form of floral notes that balance out the sweet fruit flavors.  

It’s perfect for all sunny, summer activities. The Beach. Grilling out. Bike Rides. In your coffee mug at playgrounds with your kids. Running with the bulls in Spain. Proof I did that:

The word “sangria” itself is derived from the Spanish word “sangre,” meaning “blood,” which refers to the deep red color of traditional red sangria. The earliest documented references to sangria date back to the Middle Ages when it was common practice to mix wine with water to purify it and make it safer to drink.

We’re keeping things Spanish around here. Hola. So, the wines provided are sweeter, lighter Spanish wines. But, if you want to spice things up you can always use a local wine from your area. I’m a big fan of a rose, like this rose called Row 25, from my friends at Bayfield Winery. 

Ingredients:

  • A bottle of Tempranillo or Grenache red wine
  • 1 medium sized red apple
  • 1 medium sized oranges, sliced
  • 1/2 pint of fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 pint of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 pint of strawberries
  • Dried Rose or Hibiscus Petals
  • Ice cubes

Assembly

  1. Slice your fruit. All of it. Large chunks will do. Put in a large pitcher.
  2. Add your bottle of wine
  3. Let sit for an hour (overnight is better.)
  4. Grab the glass of your choosing. Fill the glass half full with ice. Add your sangria.
  5. Garnish with your flower petals. 
  6. Enjoy.

*Fortify with triple sec orange

Final Notes:

The longer you let your red sangria recipe sit the stronger the flavors will infuse and the more intense your sangria will be. I like to let my drinks meld overnight. If you’re short on time, and want to skip the hassle of buying all the ingredients, buy the kit. Many of the ingredients are organic, and, since they are dried ingredients, they are more potent. You can get a great sangria in 10 minutes!

The Ultimate White Wine Sangria Sangria Recipe

The Ultimate White Wine Sangria Sangria Recipe

There is a sangria recipe, and then there is a sangria sangria recipe. This is the latter. Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with our latest creation: Pineapple Coconut Sangria. It’s exotic. It’s delicious. It’s not for everyone. But, if you love coconut, then you’ll love this. Taking a sip is like taking a trip to a sunny, tropical beach, with palm trees swaying behind you and the gentle lapping of the surf in front of you. Check it out now, and let me know what you think in the comments or on social media.

Ingredients for White Wine Pineapple Coconut Sangria:

Ingredients:

To create a yummy Pineapple Coconut Sangria, you’ll need the following:

– 1 bottle of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio

– 1 cup coconut rum

– 1/2 cup coconut water

– 1/4 cup pineapple juice

– 1/4 cup simple syrup (adjust to taste)

– 1 cup diced pineapple

– 1 cup shredded coconut

– 1 lime, thinly sliced

– Fresh mint leaves for garnish

– Ice cubes for serving

Instructions:

1. dice up that pineapple, but watch those fingers. Nothing ruins a good time like losing a finger.

2.  In a large pitcher, combine the dry white wine, coconut rum, coconut water, pineapple juice, and simple syrup. Stir with all your might, but not too much might, ensuring all ingredients are well mixed. Gotta get them flavors to harmonize.

3.  Now it’s time to casually chuck in the diced pineapple and shredded coconut.

4. Those delicious flavors need time to infuse. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. More flavor, more time. Infuse overnight for a more intense, delicious taste.

4. Then simply add ice to glasses, mix in white sangria. Serve and enjoy!

*Want it extra boozy and with more flavor? Add in orange triple sec.

**Add lime or lemon seltzer water for some fizz.

White Wine Pineapple Coconut Sangria:

I’ll admit. This recipe isn’t for everyone. But, it is an amazing white wine sangria for those itching for a bit of tropical flavor and fun. If’ you’ve read this far, I’m amazed at your attention span. Pat yourself on the back, and enjoy your Sangria. Thanks for being here. Thanks for being you. Have the best day ever.

Skip the DIY and save time by using Boozn Sam’s premade sugar-free Sangria kits.

Sangria Types of Wine

Sangria Types of Wine

Sangria, with its blend of wine, fruits, and spirits, is a quintessential summer beverage that evokes images of lazy afternoons and vibrant gatherings and the sangria types of wine are just as important. The right wine will make sangria so it’s important to choose well. The right wine is crucial to achieving a perfect balance of flavors. In this guide, we’ll uncork the secrets behind selecting the best types of wine for crafting your signature sangria.

TL;DR

If you’re making Red Sangria, choose a sweeter, medium bodied wine from a mediterranean or warm climate like:

  • Temperanillo
  • Garnache

If you’re making White Sangria, choose a light, fruit wine from a mediterranean or warm climate like:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Albariño

If you’re making Rose based Sangria, choose a fruit wine from a mediterranean or warm climate like:

  • Provence Rosé
  • Grenache Rosé

*Add a refreshing effervescent addition by choosing sparkling wine

Want to fortify your sangria even more? Try adding brandy, amaretto, or triple sec orange.

Wine Factors to Consider

Flavor Profile: Choose a wine that complements the other ingredients in your sangria recipe. For example, if you’re using citrus fruits, opt for a wine with bright acidity to balance the sweetness.

Sweetness Level: Adjust the sweetness of your sangria by selecting a wine that aligns with your preferences. Sweeter wines like Moscato or Riesling can enhance the fruity flavors in your sangria, while drier wines like Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon provide a more subdued backdrop.

Tannins and Body: Keep in mind the tannin levels and body of the wine. Lighter-bodied wines with softer tannins are typically preferred for sangria, as they allow the other ingredients to shine without overpowering them.

Understanding the Base

The foundation of any great sangria lies in its wine. Traditionally, red wine has been the go-to choice, but white and rosé wines have also gained popularity for their lighter and fruitier profiles. Here’s a breakdown of the best types of wine for crafting sangria:

Red Wine:

   – Tempranillo: Hailing from Spain, Tempranillo offers a medium-bodied profile with notes of red fruit and a hint of spice. Its versatility makes it an excellent choice for traditional red sangria recipes.

   – Garnacha (Grenache): Known for its fruity flavors and low tannins, Garnacha lends itself well to sangria, adding a touch of sweetness and depth to the mix.

White Wine:

   – Sauvignon Blanc: Crisp, refreshing, and bursting with citrus and tropical fruit flavors, Sauvignon Blanc is an ideal choice for white sangria. Its bright acidity pairs beautifully with a variety of fruits, from peaches to kiwis.

   – Pinot Grigio: Light-bodied and dry, Pinot Grigio offers subtle floral and orchard fruit notes, making it a versatile option for white sangria recipes that highlight delicate flavors.

   – Albariño: Originating from Spain’s Galicia region, Albariño boasts vibrant acidity and stone fruit flavors, making it a refreshing choice for sangria with a Spanish twist.

Rosé Wine:

   – Provence Rosé: Renowned for its pale pink hue and delicate flavors of strawberry, watermelon, and herbs, Provence Rosé adds elegance and sophistication to any rosé sangria recipe.

   – Grenache Rosé: Light, fruity, and easy-drinking, Grenache Rosé brings a burst of red berry flavors and a touch of sweetness to your sangria, perfect for sipping on a warm summer day.

Experimentation With Liqours:

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different wine varietals and fruits to create your own signature sangria masterpiece. In fact, you can even add in liqour and brandy, which fortify your sangria and also add another layer of complexity to your drink. Here are some things you can add to your sangria:

  1. Brandy – With its fruity, sweet taste, brandy is a great addition to sangria
  2. Triple Sec – Add in flavored triple sec, like orange, to take your drink up another notch
  3. Amaretto – The extra sweetness of amaretto, and the rich caramel/butterscotch flavor is a unique flavor in sangria that pairs well with non citrus (lime, lemon) heavy sangria

Sangria Wine

The choice of wine for sangria plays a crucial role in shaping the final outcome. Whether you opt for a robust red, a crisp white, or a delicate rosé, selecting the best wine for your sangria recipe is the first step in creating an amazing drink that tastes like fun in the sun and summertime.

Want to turn $10 wine into $100 wine? Try using Boozn Sam’s premade sugar-free Sangria kits.

Portuguese Red Sangria Recipe

Portuguese Red Sangria Recipe

Embrace the flavors of Portugal with our authentic Portuguese red sangria recipe. Rooted in tradition and bursting with robust flavors, this classic sangria captures the essence of Portuguese culture and is perfect for sharing with friends and family. Join us as we delve into the rich heritage of Portuguese sangria and discover how to recreate this beloved beverage in your own home.

Ingredients for Portuguese Red Sangria:

To create this authentic Portuguese Red Sangria, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Portuguese red wine (such as Vinho Verde or Douro red)
  • 1/2 cup Portuguese Aguardente (*Optional – Extra Fortification)
  • 1/4 cup port wine (ruby or tawny)
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sized lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 red apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Ice cubes for serving

Instructions:

1. Wash the germmys off your fruit and slice them up good

2.  In a large pitcher, combine the Portuguese red wine, aguardente, port wine, and simple syrup. Stir robustly to ensure all ingredients are well mixed. Gotta get them flavors to harmonize.

3.  Now it’s time to mix in your sliced fruits and the cinnamon stick.

4. Those delicious flavors need time to infuse. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. More flavor, more time. Infuse overnight for a more intense, delicious taste.

4. Then simply add ice to glasses, mix in white sangria. Serve and enjoy!

*Want it extra boozy and with more flavor? Add in orange triple sec.

**Add lime or lemon seltzer water for some fizz.

Portuguese Red Sangria Recipe:

Portugal is a beautiful land of warm sunshine and beautiful beaches. It’s a place to relax and let go. This sangria features rich flavors and stays true to the culture norms of Portugal. Saúde! (Cheers!)

Skip the DIY and save time by using Boozn Sam’s premade sugar-free Sangria kits.