Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15th, celebrates the many ways Hispanic Americans have influenced and enriched life in the United States. While Hispanic Heritage Month starts on the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and encompasses both Mexico’s and Chile’s Independence Day, it also coincides with the beautiful days of late summer and early autumn – perfect for getting your fiesta on with a Latin-themed party – outside, of course – before winter arrives.
The bounty of the harvest season provides menu options galore for making the party memorable. Gazpacho, tacos and burritos with homemade guacamole, vegetable tostadas with mole sauce, tortas de carnitas, chicken fajitas with salsa fresca, Mexican grilled corn, chopped salad with tortilla strips, and many more delicious and easy-to-prepare dishes are sure to please your guests. Of course, a Hispanic-themed party wouldn’t be complete without great sangria, and this recipe assures there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy.
Sangria de Korbel
Preparation time – 24 hours
4 bottles Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Merlot
1½ cups Korbel California Brandy
1½ cups Triple Sec
2 cups sugar
4 oranges, peeled and sliced
4 lemons, peeled and sliced
2 limes, peeled and sliced
Sparkling water or Korbel Brut California champagne
Orange and lemon slices for garnish
Mix the first seven ingredients in a large container. Cover and store for 24 hours. Remove and discard marinated fruit, and stir once to remix sugar. Serve chilled or over ice, add a splash of sparkling water or Korbel Brut California champagne, and garnish with fresh fruit slices.
A brandy maker since 1889, Korbel now ranks among the United States’ most respected brandy distillers. The Heck family owns and manages Korbel Brandy and Korbel Champagne Cellars, the maker of America’s most popular premium champagne, as well as Kenwood Vineyards.