Sanity Sangria


Raising a glass of Sangria to leaving town.  With my mom.  To Portland.  Where we can geek out on food, watch TV in bed, fill our hotel room with cooking magazines, and generally be responsibility-free.  This is my belated birthday present. Now that the day is here, I feel really tired.  It occurs to me that our family's been in a lot of transition these last six months.  We've weathered it pretty well, I think, but I need to get out of here. I didn't realize that until I started packing my suitcase.

If you are a mother, allow me to be preachy for a minute and say it doesn't do your children any favors to never leave them.  You need it, they need it, and it's worth all the coordinating and hassle.  In the middle of your tenth phone call, asking for your friend to pick up your son from preschool or your mom to come over, you'll think, "Why am I doing this?  Everything will fall apart without me." Coming home though, I'll bet you'll have missed your kids and be ready to see them again.  That's the best feeling in the world for me.  So much better than wishing I could be teleported to anywhere but this chaotic house with lethal legos lurking everywhere.

This is my quick, no-fuss, time-tested Sangria.  Unfortunately, I could drink a barrel of this stuff.  I'm not into sweet drinks normally, but this is a giant exception.  And I make it on the sweet side--I don't like Sangria that just tastes like wine.  I made this for Priya last weekend to celebrate the end of her summer quarter in school. Then I made it again a couple nights ago just because Yancey and I were home together with time to linger over dinner.

Here's to loving home, and here's to leaving so I can come home and love it again.  I'll see you in a couple days.

Sanity Sangria
Priya gave it this name--perfect.  I always have a bottle of Triple Sec around--the cheap kind.  It's around $7 at the liquor store, and it will last you through several batches of Sangria.  And I use cheap wine, too.  Once you've dumped all that sugar in, you'll have wasted an expensive bottle.

1 750ml bottle Merlot
juice of one small lime
juice of one small lemon
one lemon or lime, thinly sliced
juice of two large oranges or 3/4 c. orange juice
1/4 c. sugar (+ more to taste)
1/3 c. Triple Sec

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir thoroughly.  Let sit for at least 30 minutes in the fridge to let fruit macerate and sugar dissolve. If you can let it sit a couple hours, it's even better.

Pour over ice and toast the good things in your life.