A Toast to the World Cup
Enjoy this refreshing drink recipe for fans of all stripes.
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Dear Lynne: We are bored with sangria. We're look for a new summer drink, something everyone doesn't know about. - Bored and Thirsty in Trenton
Dear Bored and Thirsty: Pimm's Cup is great, so are all kinds of punches, but last summer we had something we fell in love with.
Our friends Nan Bailey and Sam Haislett of Alexis Bailey Vineyard in Minnesota served it and shared the recipe. I'm not sure where it originated. They remember it had something to do with Brazil's playing for soccer's World Cup.
Sam says to buy an inexpensive, light-bodied, fruity red with low tannin, like a Spanish Tempranillo. If you spend more than $10, you've gone way over the top.
The World Cup Cup
juice of 2 fresh limes
1/3 cup sugar
1 bottle light-bodied, fruity red wine, chilled
lime wedges for garnish
In a large pitcher, combine the lime juice and sugar; stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the wine and stir. Pour the wine mixture over the ice in chilled wine glasses. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
To cut back on the alcohol content, do half bubbly water and half "Cup."
Yields: 6 to 8 glasses
Lynne Rossetto Kasper is the host of national radio food show "The Splendid Table."
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