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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sour Apple Sangria and a product review: Sidral Mundet

While we don't drink soda very often at home, when we're craving one, we always choose the type that uses good old sugar as the sweetener.  More often than not, we will grab a Mexican soda...because they are usually (always that I've seen, but I have no other basis for this assumption) made with real sugar.  I actually get a craving for a Mexican Coke every once in a while...and I love a Jarritos or Barrilito (usually in Tamarindo or Sangria or even a Toronja)...the kids like to switch it up (usually between Fresa, Tuti Fruti, Mandarina, and Limón)...but Mexi chooses Sidral Mundet 99.9% of the time.

Sidral Mundet tastes like fizzy apple juice...what's not to love!?  You should have heard the clamor when I slid the (one!) bottle that I received for reviewing from its box.  "Oh, me! Can I have it?  I want it! Pleeeeeeease?"  Sheesh.  Sorry niños, this one is all mommy's.  For testing purposes, of course.  Lest you think I'm cruel, I did buy a bigger (1.5 L) bottle from the market the next everybody else could get a glass or two.  I mean, I figured they deserved it after I gulped and smiled and made refreshed "aaaaah's" in front of them and their pleading puppy-dog eyes.  Made from 6 simple ingredients (carbonated water, natural sugar, apple juice, citric acid, caramel color, and sodium bonzoate as a preservative), I don't mind treating us to a bottle of Sidral Mundet every now and again.

The other bottle that I found nestled in next to the Sidral was a Mundet Manzana Verde (Green Apple Soda).  This one was new to all of us...I haven't seen it sold anywhere around here before.  I was a bit tentative about trying it, just because I'm not a big fan of the whole sour apple flavor-thing.  I mean, have you smelled somebody's breath after they've sucked on a Sour Apple sucker?  Gag.  But I braced myself and took one for the team.  Not bad.  It doesn't have that cloying sweetness that I was was slightly tart, yet mellow and I didn't really mind it.  Mexi thought the same thing.  Niños all thought it was pretty good.  I think it is the perfect thing to use as a drink mixer...
Sour Apple Sangria
from the kitchen of girlichef
(makes ~1200-1500 mL)

1 (750 mL) bottle Pinot Grigio
(or even a fruity Sauvignon Blanc...choose something with notes of green apple & pear or tropical fruits)
1 - 2 (355 mL) bottles Mundet Manzana Verde (Green Apple flavored soda)
1 fat lemon, sliced in thin rounds
2 small limes, sliced in thin rounds
1-2 Granny Smith apples, cored & sliced in thin rounds, to taste
Place fruit in the bottom of a pitcher, or other type of jar large enough to hold everything.  Pour in the wine and a bottle of the soda.  Taste and add more soda, if you like.  Add a few handfuls of ice.  Pour into glasses and serve cold.
Next time I'm going to make a RED APPLE SANGRIA using a Sidral Mundet and (probably) a Chardonnay...with red apple slices and orange slices and maybe some red grapes.  Interested in more?  Check out Sidral Mundet on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
*I received one free bottle of each flavor soda (and a really cool tote bag) to review, should I choose.  All opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.
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Would you like to comment?

  1. Looks fantastic as a Sangria, and I'd love to try that soda on it's own, too!

  2. Mmm I love Sangria! Especially with white wine. Wish I knew where to get this stuff, I reeeally wanna try it!

  3. I have to try this sangria, this soda remained me from India where we used to get in the bottle like this with marble stopper we call it Goli soda.
    here is link on you tube.

  4. Wow wat a refreshing and marvellous sangria..

  5. you have any Mexican markets? It's a good bet you can find it there...although I can find it at many of our "regular" local markets (but we have a pretty big Hispanic/Latino) population in this area. Good Luck!

    Swathi...yes, I see how this would remind you of that...same dreamy color =)

  6. It's like you knew that sangria is my one alcoholic weakness. This sounds so delicious!

  7. Fizzy apple juice? Hmmm, I am sure besides being a juice/drink mixer, there will definitely be more creative ways to incorporate this into recipes someday! Hehe:D

  8. Oh a cold Mexican Coke is mind blowing every once in a while. I get the craving and head to the taco truck asap.

  9. That's a gorgeous picture. I love the green! I wish it was sangria weather over here. Can you believe it's snowing today??? It's May 11th and it's snowing! UGH! That's what I get for living in a ski resort town in Colorado I guess. Thanks for the recipe. I love Mexican soda.

  10. Lovely picture! They also contact me for a review but as always, I passed. Specially with that drink. When we live in Monterey, Mexico., my son always told me that he has an apple at recess time. I was sure it was a fresh apple that he bought at the school small store. Not! it was an apple drink like this! :) Silly me thinking he was making very healthy choices away from home. Of course he was just 6 years old then. But that was his apple a day, the same drink you have in the picture.

    Great combination with the Sangria!



  11. Mmm...your sour aple sangria has me wishing for sunny summer days.

  12. this is a perfect summer treat both for the eyes and the taste buds. i will have to look for this in my local store...i can hardly wait!

  13. Refreshing and perfect for this summer...loved your clicks, awesome work:)

  14. We're the same way, don't drink much soda and when I want one, I like the ones made with sugar.

    Love the cocktail!

  15. This looks so delicious! Excellent photography.

  16. I just became a follower. Love your work and the Sangria is a must try.

  17. What a fun and refreshing idea! Love the photos :)

  18. I have seen these sodas at the Latin mercantile here but have not tried them. Love the sangria--it looks so refreshing. ;-)

  19. I would be very, very happy to drink a sour apple sangria! Yum! That looks so refreshing.

  20. Esta receta te quedó estupenda,super rica me encantó,la sidra la consigo en ña ciudad de Mendoza Argentina,es espumosa y muy sana,me gustó mucho tu propuesta,cariños y abrazos.

  21. Sour apple sangria  is the perfect addition to any summer outing. Yum. I can just imagine myself with one right now.