Monday, August 29, 2011

White Sangria for Warm Summer Days!

Café Sevilla’s white sangria is a huge hit in the hot summer months. Sevilla bartenders and wait staff estimate that in their first 20 years in San Diego, they have served more than 2 million sangrias — an average of 191 sangrias every day for twenty years!

White sangria used to only make its appearance on Sevilla’s menu on a seasonal basis. It’s typically a summer drink in Spain, and in the southern and eastern parts of the country year-round. Since we used to make it only for the summer months, there were years that the recipe differed; many times it reflected the latest creation by one of Sevilla’s popular bartenders. A few years ago, we compared all recipes and unanimously selected the current recipe to represent Sevilla on a permanent basis. A lead bartender out of the Long Beach location traveled between our three locations--San Diego, Riverside & Long Beach--and asked the bartenders for their ideas and favorite recipes.

At Sevilla we use flavored liqueurs to enhance the fruit flavors. Just for you, we’ll share that a special ingredient in Sevilla’s white sangria is Licor 43, which adds citrus essences rounded by a delicate vanilla touch. Our white sangria is made fresh daily and is ready to drink immediately; unlike red sangria, white sangria tastes best freshly made.
With plenty of hot weather remaining in our beautiful San Diego summer and fall, we though we’d share our recipe with you. It’s perfect for a late summer garden party or BBQ with friends. And of course, you can find it at Café Sevilla every day.

Café Sevilla’s White Sangria 
Mix together a 32-oz. Pitcher (average size of most pitchers):
  2 oz brandy
  1.5 oz Apple Schnapps
  1.5 oz Peach Schnapps
  1 oz Triple Sec
  1 oz Licor 43
  8 cinnamon sticks
  1/3 cup granulated sugar
  ¾ cup 7-up or Squirt

Fill the rest of the pitcher to the top with a dry white wine (chablis is best). Stir well until sugar is totally dissolved. Add slices of red apple, green apple, and oranges. Chill, serve and enjoy!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Best Party Ever!

An hour before the doors opened, the line to get into Sevilla’s Grand Opening Party on July 27 was already stretching down the block. It was the start of a tremendous evening hosted by Sevilla and Partying for a Purpose, which saw more than 450 people turn out and raised more than $11,000 for the local nonprofit It’s All About the Kids!

Guests in their hottest attire paused to get their pictures taken on the red carpet before entering the beautiful new Tapas Bar to enjoy complimentary tapas, paella, and sangria, and wine tasting in the elegant mezzanine. They were excited to check in on social media for a chance at generous giveaways. Live Flamenco guitarists entertained in the Tapas Bar, and later in the evening the adorable students of Paloma Aragon Arte Flamenco, led by their teacher, Rocío Carrera, performed top-notch Sevillanas, Rumba, and Bulerías on the stage in the glamorous new nightclub.

Students from Paloma Aragon Arte Flamenco
Teacher Rocío Carrera leads the fiesta
The party continued well into the night as revelers stayed for free salsa lessons and dancing in the club. We at Sevilla couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our return to the Gaslamp Quarter than to party with all our friends and raise money for a great cause, thanks to you.