Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tropical Sangria Monkee's Way

My fellow Foodies around the world, I might have mentioned this earlier way back when somewhere on twitter that I was going to take The HoustonWok towards a new direction for 2010. I wanted to bring to light the many aspects of food,culture and beverage on a micro level. Introducing guest bloggers, taking you guys directly into the kitchen, the heart of the lion and the brain of the Chef. That being said, I would like to introduce you guys to a dear dear friend of mine. Artistically talented, kind hearted, with an appetite for the finer things in life, Feline of Monkees Tummy  and Sushi Monkee .   Here is a drink thats to die for, Feline is offering you her fine concoction of home made Tropical Sangria. Paul Revere would roll over in his grave for a sip of this. Posted below are her instructions, her remedy for a good fix, you might not be in the Tropics right now, but you sure can drink like you are. Also don't forget to pay her a visit and say hello, she's a true RockStar!


2 - 750ml-bottle of dry white wine (I used the cheap kind, $3 bucks Chuck from Trader's Joe, but you can use any boxed wine also. there's no need for you to go fancy here)
1 - 750ml-bottle of vodka
2 - 20.oz cans of lychee w/the syrup like here
3 - jars of mix tropical fruit from Dole ( WITH syrup) /EatRtProductIndex/Fruits/PackagedFruits/PackagedFruitDetails/tabid/590/Default.aspx?contentid=10377
2 - Oranges (sliced)

Mix all together (with all syrup,) put oranges in last and let sit for 2-3hours+
Chill in the fridge or drink with ice.

The recipe actually fits in my 6qt jar so adjust it if you want to make a smaller one. Also I got the dispenser here, so cheap! ONLY $20

Since I didn't use any fresh fruit or anything bubbly my sangria actually last 2 weeks in the fridge (heh when I ran out of the juice I just put 2 more bottle of wine in with the rest of the fruit...still pretty yummi)

The beautiful part of this recipe is that you don't have to wait for 8hours+ for the alcohol to soak into the fruit to enjoy it. The canned fruit will speed up the process for you. One might think using fresh fruit would be better, but ONE WAS WRONG, and ONE HAD TO DRINK SANGRIA THAT TASTED LIKE ROTTEN FRUIT...That was totally NOT my experiences btw *shifty eyes*

Also what makes this monkee's style? THE VODKA OF COURSE!!! Hellloooo extra alcohol :P if you only use the white wine it will NOT be as good.
Trust me on that one....I might not know much about fruit, but alcohol? I KNOW!


A Positive Attitude may not solve all your problems, but It will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort - Herm Albright

Diclosure: Also please note that you don't have to use all the bottles of wine & vodka heh you can make it much smaller just remember ratio 1:2, 1 part vodka, 2 part wine :P



  1. MonkeeFeb 4, 2010 10:07 AM
    Aww thankssss for the niceee intro :P hope you can try & enjpy this soon.

    Also please note that you don't have to use all the bottles of wine & vodka heh you can make it much smaller just remember ratio 1:2, 1 part vodka, 2 part wine :P
  2. HoustonWokFeb 4, 2010 10:25 AM
    @Monkee thank you so much!!! Really this is just AWESOME, from the picture to the recipe, I will be making this real soon!Time to get bubbly
  3. JoyFeb 5, 2010 09:36 AM
    What a beautiful picture! I love sangria but TROPICAL SANGRIA you are speaking my language. Beautiful job Monkee and excellent post david!
  4. divaFeb 9, 2010 01:17 PM
    very nice. the new banner is the shiz! and who doesn't love a good sangria :)
  5. www.dhaleb.comFeb 11, 2010 01:46 PM
    Oh my. This looks so refreshing! I love sipping on white sangria on a hot summer day. Not sure if I can wait that long though...
  6. Anthony HoangFeb 15, 2010 03:25 PM
    thanks for the tasty recipe...i will try it with some CIROC..cause its


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