Paddy’s Day is famous for dancing wild jigs, downing vast amounts of green beer while downing gluttonous amounts of bangers and mash along with corned beef and cabbage. If you are ready to put a little more Leprechaun lightning into the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, you might try an “Irish Sangria” for a bit of a different dash for the festivities! This take off from the traditional Spanish drink adds Irish whiskey to provide a refreshing concoction that delivers a powerful punch! Warning! Drink a few too many of these and you’ll find yourself dancing about, planting kisses on every lad and lassie that comes within reach!
Hmm, maybe not such a bad thing! Let’s get started on our Irish Sangria! It is best to do the day before, but can be done the same day as your gala events if need be.
1 bottle of full-bodied red wine (Merlot or Burgundy work best)
2 lemons cut into wedges
2 oranges cut into wedges
1-2 large apricots or peaches (or both) cut into small pieces
4 oz frozen orange concentrate (unsweetened)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup of Irish whiskey
16 oz. ginger ale
Pour the wine into the pitcher. Squeeze the juice from the wedges of lemon and oranges and combine the juice with the wine. Then toss in the wedges of orange and lemon, add the orange concentrate and apricot/peach pieces. Now add the sugar and the whiskey. Give it all a good stir.
It is best if you let it chill in the refrigerator overnight to allow the flavors to work together, but you can simply use a lot of ice to cool things down quickly. Just before you are ready to serve add in the ginger ale.
It is best served in a pitcher filled with ice for a great chill. Where’s the fiddler? It’s time to dance!
Note: This is a strong concoction, but there are many ways to modify it to suit your taste. You can cut down on the whiskey to give it a little less of a “pop.” If the wine flavor is too strong you can either substitute a less powerful wine or use more ginger ale. You can also use limeade or even a carbonated lemonade drink for a sweeter, different taste. You may also consider substituting lemon-lime cola for the ginger ale if you prefer sweeter sangria.
In any case, check those IDs before you let those Saint Patrick’s Day revelers imbibe! This is not for the faint of heart or weak constitution! But for someone who truly wants to enjoy the Paddy’s Day delights, this “Irish Sangria” will have you ready to kiss the blarney stone in no time at all!