Happy Easter everyone! I know it seems as though Consume Room has fallen off the face of the planet…but we haven’t. We’ve just been busy settling into our new lives in West Palm Beach.
Since today is a holiday, I thought I’d share with you a cute gift idea that’s great for any occasion. Since a nice bottle of wine goes over well with most people, I decided add my own flare to gifting wine.
Last Christmas, I put together Make Your Own Sangria Kits for my girlfriends. I purchased all the ingredients to make my yummy Sangria (minus the fresh fruit) and put them in festive gift baskets. All my friends who received them loved them!
WHAT YOU NEED:
– 4 750ml bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon
– 4 1-liter bottles of Ginger Ale
– 4 Glad mini round Plastic Containers
– 8 tbsp Sugar
– 4 mini bottles of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
– 2 rolls of Cellophane Wrap (the color of your choice)
– 2 bags of Metallic Shreds
– A few rolls of Ribbon, to decorate
– 4 baskets or tins
– 4 half sheets of paper with Jessica’s Fruity Sangria recipe printed on them (see below)
**This yields 4 Sangria Kits.
JESSICA’S FRUITY SANGRIA RECIPE
– 1 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon
– 2 tbsp Sugar
– 1 mini-bottle of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
– 2 cups of Ginger Ale
**What You Need To Add:
– 1 Lemon, cut into wedges
– 1 Lime, cut into wedges
– 1 Orange, cut into wedges
Pour the wine into a pitcher and squeeze the juice from the lemon, lime and orange wedges into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving seeds out if possible), sugar and rum. Chill overnight.
Add the ginger ale to the pitcher right before serving. Serve over ice and enjoy! (And don’t leave the fruit out; you’ll want to eat it. Trust me.)
Gather basket ingredients: wine and ginger ale bottles, mini-bottles of Captain Morgan, sugar and mini round plastic containers.
Place 2 tbsp of sugar into each of the mini round plastic containers.
Gather decorative items: tins (or baskets), metallic shreds, Cellophane, ribbon and printed recipe sheets.
Fold recipe sheets in half and hole punch the top corner. String ribbon through the punched hole, leaving enough ribbon to tie the recipe around each wine bottle.
Tie recipe around each wine bottle.
Place the metallic shreds into each decorative tin or basket.
Place wine bottle in the decorative tin.
Then add ginger ale bottles to the tins.
Add the plastic containers filled with sugar to the tins. (Again, make sure the containers are sealed well. You don’t want the sugar to spill out!)
Lastly, place the mini Captain Morgan bottles in the tins.
Following the directions on the Cellophane wrap, wrap and seal each tin with Cellophane. Finish the project by trying a decorative ribbon around the top gathering of Cellophane.
And there you have it my friends, a DIY present great for the holidays, birthdays or for the host(ess) with the most!
Feel free to get creative with this DIY project by printing the recipe on festive paper or attaching flowers along with the ribbon. I’d love to see your take on our DIY Sangria Kits once you make them yourselves!