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Ginger Sangria and Classic Bruschetta

Recipes for Ginger Sangria, a refreshing twist with ginger ale and Classic Bruschetta. Two simple but fabulous recipes to please a crowd.

Ingredients

Ginger Sangria:

  • 1 bottle red or white wine — I've followed this recipe each way and both are delicious
  • 1 can ginger ale — (I used diet)
  • 2 shots gin — (I used Tanqueray)
  • Splash orange juice
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup berries: — strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries, fresh or frozen (I used Market Pantry frozen mixed berries)
  • 1 can diced pineapples with juice — (small can)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Classic Bruschetta:

  • 4 small tomatoes — (roma or vine ripened, diced)
  •  1/6 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 10 large leaves basil — (about half a bunch)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil — plus more for bread
  • Dash salt
  • Dash pepper
  • French or Italian bread — cut into thin diagonal slices

Instructions

Ginger Sangria:

  1. Pour the wine into a large pitcher.
  2. Cut lemon, lime and orange into wedges. Squeeze the juice into the wine and toss in the fruit.
  3. Stir in sugar, pineapple, gin and orange juice. Chill overnight.
  4. Immediately before serving, stir in berries and ginger ale. Serve over ice and enjoy!

Classic Bruschetta:

  1. Finely chop basil leaves. A REALLY easy way to do this: pile the leaves, roll them into a little log and slice across it.
  2. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir in tomato, basil, onion, and garlic. Let sit for a half hour if you can.
  3. Lightly brush bread with olive oil. Grill or broil until golden.
  4. Top immediately with tomato mixture and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

For the sangria:
*Red: Go for anything that's not too sweet. Pinot Noir or Merlot work well. No need to break the bank. I picked a $4.99 blend from Trader Joe's. 
*White: Think crisp.Trader Joe's Three Buck Chuck Pinot Grigio was my pick. So affordable, yet was so delicious!
I've followed this recipe each way and both are delicious!
 
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Easy Appetizer Recipe, Ginger Sangria and Classic Bruschetta

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