Friday, February 5, 2010

Tramonti: Barcelona

(Sunset over La Marina in Barcelona, Spain)

In Barcelona, become a part of history by stepping into Gaudi's ongoing masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Walk along the cobblestone streets of Carrer Moncada to the Picasso museum housed within five Gothic palaces. At sunset, enjoy the delicious paella and sangria in one of the local eateries overlooking La Marina.  

Try this recipe for a little sangria with your sunset: 
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/3 cup orange juice
1 bottle red wine (a merlot or cabernet is good and the cheaper, the better)
1/2 cup triple sec
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 lime, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
a few maraschino cherries
2 cups carbonated water (optional, but I usually use champagne instead for added sweetness)

In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor (but you don't have to). To make it a little more fizzy, add the club soda (or champagne) just before serving. 

Let me know how it turns out, I think I might make this for the Super Bowl!

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