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Rocking Libations: Stockbridge Sangria
During the hustle and bustle of Summer in the Berkshires, sometimes we are in such a hurry to get to Tanglewood concerts, Berkshire Theater Festival shows, Jacob’s Pillow performances, that we forget about the art of relaxation. There is no better place to hone up on your relaxation skills than on the Front Porch of The Red Lion Inn. Some people prefer to take their morning coffee on the porch and watch Stockbridge wake up, while others prefer an after show nightcap.
Either way you find an open rocking chair next to Simon the cat and settle in. The only other thing you need on a summer day is a cold refreshing beverage to enjoy. Throughout August we’ll show you a few of our favorites for you to try.
Spiced wine has been around since the Romans brought viticulture through Europe. The practice of adding Brandy and fruit to red wine is thought to come from Southern Spain’s Andalusian(sp) territory. We lighten our Sangria up a bit using both rosé and white wine, Lillet, Elderflower Liqueur, and numerous other secret ingredients (if you ask nicely I’m sure we can get you the recipe). Next we add some fresh fruits- apple, strawberries, raspberries- and let the flavors mingle. The longer the flavors mix the better the sangria. Finish with some ice and a splash of soda and enjoy.