Summertime Sangria

Momma always cooked our family meals in the late mornings and reheated when Dad got home. I know a lot of south Louisiana cooks who do the same. I think they like their lil cypress kitchens clean by 12:00pm. 

While I love to listen to music when I cook, most often "Van Morrison or Tedeschi Truck Band" playlist, momma likes old, classic shows (Andy Griffith, Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best) or The Food Network when she's in the kitchen. 

Years ago, I was home from college one summer, and I was lounging around watching my momma work while The Food Network aired. 

"Down Home with The Neelys" was on. I was fascinated by Pat and Gina's affection toward one another, and then Gina made a frozen grape white wine sangria. I wrote down that recipe, and 15 years later (I can not believe it's been that long since I've been in college), I'm still making this white wine sangria. Gina and Pat are no longer showing their affection toward one another. They got divorced a few years after she showcased that recipe. I still wonder what happened. Momma doesn't know either. 

Any ol ways, the drink is stiff but deceptively so. Don't say I didn't warn you. I made this for the cocktail party that I hosted when my friend was running for mayor. Needless to say, he won.