Anna Maria Island National Sangria Day

There are many options for celebrating National Sangria Day on Anna Maria Island! While you can find it on the menu at several island eateries, also make it at home!

National Sangria Day

While red is traditional, white and even sweet pink wines make Sangria. There are endless recipe variations for more adventurous wine lovers.

The basic components of Sangria include a wine, liquor, fruit juice, spice and sugar. You can really let your imagination run wild with different combinations.

Traditional Red

1 Bottle Dry Red Wine
1/3 cup Brandy or Cherry Brandy. Add more for extra kick.
3-4 Tablespoons Sugar. Substitute with Brown Sugar or even Honey.
3/4 Cup Orange Juice. Experiment with other juices such as Grapefruit.
1 Orange Sliced. Experiment with other sliced citrus such as Lemons, Limes or Seasonal Blood Oranges.
1/2 Green Apple Cubed. (Set some Fruit to the side for garnishing glasses)
Cinnamon garnish optional.
Soda Water optional for a more punch like drink.

Directions:

In a pitcher or bowl combine 1/2 of the sliced oranges and sugar. Gently muddle them together.
Add in the wine, brandy and orange juice. Gently stir.
Add lots of ice.
Top with remaining orange slices and apples.

Select a large wine glass or tall tumbler. Fill with ice and poor Sangria in. Garnish with additional fruit, a splash of club soda and a sprinkle of Cinnamon.

National Sangria Day
Traditional Sangria with Apples.

Ideas for creating your own.

Use the basic recipe above as a reference and let your creativity guide you. There really is no wrong way to make a fantastic Sangria at home.

Since it’s that time of year again, get into the Holiday Spirit with this Christmas Sangria Recipe too!

Wines: Chardonnay, Cava, Moscato, Dry Rose.

Liquors: Light Rum, Grand Marnier, Gin, Fruit Flavored Liquors.

Fruit: Black berries, Cherries, Mango, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Kiwi.

Garnishes: Basil, Mint, Rosemary, Cinnamon Sticks, Pomegranate Seeds.

Juices and Mixers: Pineapple Juice, Lemon Lime Soda, Apple Cider, Cranberry Juice.

Anna Maria Island Restaurants for your National Sangria Day fix.

While making Sangria at home is great, you can skip the fuss and just go out!

The Waterfront Restaurant has one of Anna Maria Island’s best craft cocktail bars. You’re sure to find an amazing Sangria on the menu. The food here is really good too! Find them at 111 South Bay Boulevard in the city of Anna Maria.

For a relaxed atmosphere and outdoor seating, head to Ugly Grouper. While they aren’t the fanciest place on the island, they sure will please you with their Sangria. Enjoy live music too! Find them on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

Enjoy Sangria with your toes in the sand when you visit The Sandbar Restaurant. With an extensive wine menu, Sandbar is sure to please you on National Sangria Day! The Sandbar is also in the city of Anna Maria where Spring Avenue meets the Gulf.

Happy National Sangria Day from Anna Maria Island!

Beach Sangria Anna Maria Island
There is nothing better than relaxing on the beach with a tropical fruity Sangria!

Gluten Free Dining on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – In the ever changing list of fad diets, Gluten-Free has proven itself a steadfast member in the restaurant community. Whether you enjoy a healthy life style choice or are coping with Celiac Disease, the Gluten Free menu is becoming more and more popular in today’s dining circuit.

Anna Maria Island is no stranger to the trend and has a variety of restaurants that offer Gluten Free menus. Some advantages to this lifestyle is that the many people who convert note that they feel radically better physically and emotionally after their body cycles out any gluten. While only about 1% of the population are true Celiac disease sufferers, many more have a gluten sensitivity which causes cramps, fatigue,  stomach pains from eating excessive amounts of food containing gluten.  Many people have no symptoms but feel much “lighter” and energetic after cutting out the ingredient. Something to be careful of however, is many people go Gluten-Free to lose weight assuming it is a healthier choice-unfortunately this can be a myth as many pre-packaged gluten free products can be very high in calories and saturated fats! I like to stay somewhere in the gray area – I’m not anti-gluten but I am gluten-sensible!

Thanks to the increasing recognition of gluten caused discomfort, island eateries have a high demand for gluten free menu options; check out our list below for Island Real Estate’s favorites:

 

100 Spring Ave | Anna Maria, FL   | (941).778.0444

5315 Gulf Dr | Holmes Beach | (941).778.0411

212C Pine Ave  | Anna Maria, FL  | (941).254.7941

9807 Gulf Dr  | Anna Maria, FL  | (941).778.3170  

875 North Shore Dr | Anna Maria FL | (941).778.1885

1701 Gulf Dr N | Bradenton Beach FL | (941).527.0123

3007 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach | Bradenton Beach FL | (941).778.6614

314 Pine Ave | Anna Maria, FL | (941).896.9754

111 S Bay Blvd | Anna Maria, FL | (941).778.1515

Easter 2014 Bunny fun at The Sandbar Restaurant

The day before Easter 2014 Sunday The Sandbar Restaurant will be hosting their 28th annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event is co-sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper.

Easter 2014

The Easter Bunny will be in attendance at 9 a.m. for the kids to enjoy. Refreshments will be served in the pavilion next to the restaurant starting at 8:30 a.m. The Easter egg hunt itself will start at 9 a.m.. The Easter Bunny will lead a parade down Pine Avenue. The parade will end at the Fifth Annual Easter Egg Roll and the Fourth Annual Easter Bonnet Contest.

Dara Caudill of Island Photography will provide complimentary pictures at the event, which also includes face painting, egg painting and dyeing. That will be happening all while DJ Chuck Caudill provides music and the always tasty AMI Donuts please the crowd with tasty fresh made donut bites.

Easter 2014 at The Sandbar Restaurant

 

20th Annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party on Dec 10th!

santa on beachWe invite you to warm your holiday spirits! On Tuesday, December 10th from 10:30am-12:30pm, the Sandbar Restaurant will host their 20th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party!

Let’s share in the true meaning of the season and bring holiday joy to the children who are little less fortunate than most. For those interested in contributing to this wonderful cause, cash donations are being accepted. This year, they are planning for at least 120 children from the Head Start program, Healthy Families Manatee and the Children’s Academy. The children will receive a pair of shoes, an outfit of clothing, an age appropriate toy and the family of the child will receive a complete turkey dinner. Each of these children and their families can celebrate with Christmas spirit!

The 2013 Kids Christmas Party will be located at the Sandbar Restaurant in the pavilion. This fun-filled lunchtime party will feature characters in costumes, games and of course, Santa Claus.  You are invited to come by to participate in bringing joy to the hearts of these children. The Sandbar is located at 100 Spring Ave, and their mailing address for contributions is P.O. Box 1478, Anna Maria, FL, 34216.

Anna Maria Island – The Sandbar Presents The 27th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg HuntThe Sandbar presents The 27th Annual Anna Maria Island Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 2013 9:00am. Then follow the Easter Bunny Down Pine Avenue to The 4th Annual Easter Egg Roll for lots of activities, prizes and surprises! Snacks and refreshments will be served at the event by the Sandbar & Donut Experiment until 12 noon. Then the 3rd Annual Easter Bonnet Contest will be held in front of Anna Maria Accommodations  at 10:30am. The Grand Prize for the Adult winner is a weekend stay at an  Anna Maria Guest House. The Child’s prize is 4 kid’s lunches at The Sandbar including Ice Cream Sundaes for the winner and 3 of his or her best friends.

The event is sponsored by the Sandbar Restaurant, AMI Sun, and Pine Avenue Restoration.

Here is the most up to date post on Sandbar’s Easter Egg Hunt.  This is an annual event and best to visit the Sandbar restaurant for accurate information for this EASTER.

The Sandbar Restaurant
100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 778-0444

Want more details on the holidays while visiting Anna Maria Island?  Worry no more, visit our Anna Maria Island Holiday information page.