¡salud! Red wine sangria recipe

Its almost time! We are leaving for Spain in less than 48 hours. Our bags are almost packed and I am finishing up last minute items on my checklist. To get in the spirit for our trip, I decided to make a red wine sangria. This is one of my favorite drinks, no matter what time of year it is. Also, it doubles as a snack in the early evening…

I know we will definitely have our fill of sangria in Spain but I just couldn’t resist. We are spending the first half of our trip in Madrid, where we will be seeing all of the most important sites and then some. We also have plans to attend a Real Madrid game! Halfway through our time in Spain, we are taking the train to Barcelona. We have lots of plans in Barcelona, including dinner at a hot restaurant called Bodega 1900.

In college, I studied Spanish literature so, I am beyond excited to see some of the places I learned so much about.  I can’t wait to check back in once we arrive and have an authentic glass of sangria in hand but for now, enjoy the recipe!


You will need red wine (something cheap!), soda (either club or anything lemon-lime), brandy (also cheap) and fruit (I prefer citrus and apples).

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Uncork the red wine.



Add the red wine, brandy (1.5 oz per bottle of wine), soda (2 cups per bottle of wine) to a large pitcher.


Cut fruit into small pieces and add to the red wine mixture.


Serve immediately over ice or chill in the fridge.

Red Wine Sangria Recipe

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2 cups of soda (club soda or lemon-lime)
  • 1.5 oz of brandy
  • 2 cups of fruit

The start of a new year

This is a special time of year for me. With the Jewish High Holidays upon us, there comes an opportunity for more time with my family. I am never happier than when we are all together and the dinner table (and our glasses) is full. Tonight was one of those nights.

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. We spent the morning at synagogue. I don’t attend services very often but I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the community. During the service, our rabbi spoke about letting go of the past and not holding onto grudges. She encouraged us to think about finding ways to move on from our past mistakes or failures and look to the future. She questioned us to stop asking ourselves “shoulda, coulda, woulda.” Should I have done something differently? Could I have done something differently? Why would’ve that person done that?

Instead of spending our new year dwelling on the past, let’s spend this time focusing on the now and the future. Let’s focus on using our past to grow for the our future, instead of holding onto the guilt which haunts us.

Tonight we had a “typical” family dinner, filled with lots of delicious food and drinks at my grandma’s house. My heart and my belly are so full. These are the days that make life so sweet. Shana Tova!



Honey Deuce cocktail & the US Open

My first Thirsty for Thought Thursday post! I created this segment of the blog to be a little different than the rest. Thirsty for Thought will be my opportunity to share light-hearted, fun content, as well as, yummy drink (and sometimes food) recipes.

I’ve decided that we are starting a new tradition! Since moving to NYC just over a year ago, we have attended the US Open both times and I want to continue each year! Before last year, I had never gone but my boyfriend, Daniel, used to go all of the time as a child.

It is always a great time! The tennis is AMAZING, of course, and the food and the drinks are right on up there. Last year, we attended a day and a night session. Since this was my first experience, I didn’t know what to expect. After just a few minutes, I was hooked. It is so much fun to walk around to all the different courts and watch the matches.

This year, we attended a night session. This wasn’t the original plan. We wanted to attend a day session. It so lovely being outside and watching the matches all day. Daniel bought what he thought were day session tickets so we woke up, got dressed, and grabbed the tickets. Luckily, Daniel pulled them out of the envelope to double check AND…the tickets were for the day before. OOPS! If you’ve ever attended the US Open, you know how difficulty and pricey it can be to get tickets, especially as the semifinals and finals begin. We quickly hopped on the internet and snatched up two tickets to the evening session the following day.

We ended up having the best time and got to see incredible tennis in Arthur Ashe Stadium! Daniel’s brother met us for dinner and we sipped on my favorite drink at the US Open, the Honey Deuce. They come in special cups, which have a list of all the winners on it. I decided we are going to collect a cup from each year for our imaginary pool house (which will never exist) when we buy a house.

Thanks to the US Open, I now have a new favorite cocktail and I am sharing the recipe (with my twist) below:


You will need lemonade, melon, Chambord and vodka.


Fill a high ball glass 3/4 of the way with ice.


Add 1.5 oz of vodka to each glass. The original recipe calls for Grey Goose but I prefer Absolut (thanks Grandma!).


Add 3 oz of lemonade and .5 oz of Chambord to each glass.


Give it a stir.


The melon balls are used as a garnish. To create them, I used a 1 tbsp measuring spoon since I don’t have a melon baller. They are more like semi circles but they taste just as delicious!


Sip and enjoy!

Honey Deuce Recipe (serves 2)

  • 6 oz of lemonade
  • 3 oz of vodka
  • 1 oz of chambord
  • 6 melon balls
  • Ice