Sensational Sangria

Madewithamor Sangria

I love Sangria, my palate tends to veer towards sweet wines and for this reason Sangria is a favourite. But not only that but it’s great to have on hand at dinner or cocktail parties….it’s always a hit! For those that haven’t been introduced to the deliciousness of Sangria before, it’s basically a sweet fruity red wine, with some sparkly and loads of tropical fruit.

My most memorable moment of drinking a great Sangria was in Barcelona, Spain in 2010. Of course, Sangria is traditionally made in Spain and at the time it was very cheap, from memory my cousin and I devoured a litre in a very short amount of time. It went hand in hand with a delectable Paella dish and we enjoyed our meal as the sun set around 10pm! Ah, such summer bliss 🙂

Ever since then I have searched high and low for a place that serves a good  Sangria, I’ve also tried several recipes…some were good but not great! Until now….

I celebrated a birthday over the weekend and I made this new Sangria recipe for the first time and it was a complete hit by everyone! I decided to share it after being asked for the recipe. It’s a sure favourite to serve at dinner parties and BBQs.

Give it a go at your next get together! You’ll love it!

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Brown Brothers Cienna (chilled)
  • 500ml of ginger ale
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 ripe yellow peach

Instructions

  1. Slice the fruit and combine into a jug or punch bowl.
  2. Add the Cienna and ginger ale, mix well
  3. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour (though at least 3 hours is best) before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

Note: If you can’t get a hold of Brown Brothers wines which are made in Victoria, Australia, you can use any type of sweet red wine. I recommend Brown Brothers wines with this recipe.

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Sunrise Juice

Sunrise Juice

We love this delicious juice! It’s a fabulous way to kick start our day! Jam packed with nutrients such as Beta carotene and Vitamin C, but not only is it nutritional but it tastes divine! Who would’ve known the beetroot, carrot and orange combo would taste sooo good!

The best way to drink this awesome juice is chilled! Enjoy!

Sunrise Juice

Makes approximately 500ml

Prechill vegetables if possible

Ingredients

  •  4 carrots
  • 2 peeled oranges
  • 1 medium sized beetroot
  • 4 ice cubes

Method

  1. Wash carrots and beetroot well
  2. Feed the vegetables and fruit through the juicer
  3. Serve in chilled glass and enjoy immediately

Inspired by rebootwithjoe.com

Revitalising Watermelon and Fresh Mint Juice

Revitalising Watermelon and Mint Juice

Celebrating the Australian Summer kicking off today, I’m sharing our favourite watermelon juice of all time. It is not only super refreshing on those hot Summer days, but it is also nutritionally good for you.

Watermelon is one of those summer fruits that are readily available, usually in abundance. I have fond memories of fresh watermelon juice in my childhood years; it was one of my mums favourite juices to quench our thirst, and oh boy did it satisfy our thirst, it was deliciously tasty then and even more now knowing the benefits of watermelon which include vitamin A and C. It consists of 90% water, which is why it is so refreshing. It also has an antioxidant called Lycopene which is linked with cancer protection qualities.

Besides the health benefits, this juice is just deliciously delicate yet there always seems to be a party in my mouth, enjoy!

Revitalising Watermelon and Fresh Mint Juice

Serves 2, 10 minutes preparation time

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small watermelon, chilled and roughly chopped
  • 4 strawberries
  • 6 fresh mint leaves

Method

  1. Process watermelon and strawberries in a juicer, add the mint half way while juicing to ensure it is pressed thru well
  2. Add some ice cubes if desired to the glass
  3. Stir well and add a mint leaf as a finishing touch
  4. Enjoy this refreshing drink 🙂
  5. If you have any juice left over, it makes fantastic ice blocks to enjoy on those hot summer days!

For more info

What are the health benefits of watermelon?

Joe’s Mean Green

Joe's Mean Green

After watching ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead‘, by fellow Aussie Joe Black, we have been inspired to try a few more juices and particularly more kale. Have a look on his Reboot website for more info.

This juice recipe features kale which contains many health benefits, including being rich in nutrients (contains antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients & anti-cancer nutrients). This juice is also rich in immune-boosting nutrients, detoxifying and alkalising ingredients for the body. It’s also a wonderful energetic kick start to the day; but ensure you have it at least 30 minutes before any food to reap all the nutritional benefits.

We have grown to love kale and have incorporated it into our daily diet by juicing it, including it in our smoothies and recently discovered a fantastic Kale and Goji berry brownie recipe which I’ll be sharing soon because it’s too delicious to keep a secret!

Joe’s Mean Green

Makes one serving (350ml)

TIP: A few ice cubes in the juice jug, to cool the juice slightly, tastes great.

Ingredients

  • 6 kale leaves (if none around, a combo of spinach, collards and Swiss chard can be used)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • Small piece of ginger root (2.5cm)
  1. Rinse and chop ingredients ready for your juicer
  2. Start with the ginger, then the leafy greens, the apple and cucumber will help the ginger come through
  3. Enjoy immediately, separately to a meal to help your digestion get the most from the juice

For more info

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/

Refreshingly Delicious Morning Juice

refreshing juice

I’ve had fresh  juices all my life, thanks to my beloved mum who introduced me to fresh vegies and fruit juice as a child. I like to stick to only drinking fresh juice rather than store bought juices because there’s no added sugars, preservatives or colours. There are far more nutritional benefits from drinking freshly made to store bought juice, even though it’s a little more effort than pouring out of a carton, I promise you that your body will thank you for the nutrition that it will receive and it’s a good way to detoxify the system also.

Packed in this juice are the power of vegetables and fruit, all enriched with lifesaving antioxidants. Apples contain nutrients like Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K, Folate, Niacin, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Calcium, Sodium and Manganese. Carrots contain a wide variety of vitamins such as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K, Folate, Niacin and Pantothenic Acid. There are minerals like Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Selenium packed in it. One of the most important components found in carrots is beta-carotene. You can get the best of these nutrients by juicing the carrots. The heart friendly Beetroots are enriched with nutrients like Vitamins A, C, B-complex, potassium, iron, magnesium and copper. They contain anti-aging agents as well.

If you don’t have a juicer at home, it’s a fantastic health investment which reaps rewards immediately.

Home juicing also gives me the option of changing what fruits I juice, lately I’ve been having a lot of juices with a whole lemon to help cleanse my system. At first I thought it would be too sour but by adding at least one apple its not sour at all and absolutely delicious.

It’s best to have the juice at least 30 minutes before breakfast on an empty stomach to optimise the nutritional benefits.

I’ll add more of my favourite  juicing combinations soon, but I guarantee you’ll love this juice recipe and it will feel super refreshing!

A wonderful start to the day!

Refreshingly Delightful Morning Juice

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 medium beetroot
  • 1 thumbsize piece of ginger
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 large apples
  • 1 large cucumber (can be substituted to a zucchini)

Chill ingredients beforehand.

Place all in juicer and enjoy immediately

NOTE: Ensure that the ginger and beetroot is not juiced last because they need some solid vegie or fruit to force the goodness through 🙂