When we think of memorable drinking moments in the Bachelor Mansion, we definitely wouldn’t put Ali Fedotowsky at the top of the list. In fact, the Season 14 Bachelor contestant and Season 6 Bachelorette seldom did anything on TV that made us bat an eye. But that doesn’t mean the petite host of NBC’s 1st Look doesn’t have some major opinions when it comes to mixing a perfect drink, or hosting a group of people — after all, she’s used to entertaining up to 25 guys at a cocktail party...
Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Ali while she was slinging the sweet nectar of the gods — Madria Sangria — at The Grove in Los Angeles on April 26. Ali passed out fresh fruit, sangria soiree kits, and tips on how to host a perfect Cinco de Mayo (or, you know, any day) fiesta.
Wetpaint Entertainment: Hey Ali, we all love sangria, but what is it that has you standing out in the sun, talking to people about it?
Ali Fedotowsky: I just love sangria, and working with Madria Sangria was a very natural fit. I travel all over the country (with 1st Look) eating the world’s best food, drinking the best cocktails prepared by the best mixologists. But I’m a very simple kind of girl, and I’m not skilled in the kitchen, even though I love delicious things. So, as far as sangria goes, I love wine and summer’s coming up and it’s nice and sunny in California, so it’s perfect.
A good mix of simple prep and fancy appearance.
It feels special, you can get it at barbecues or anywhere, but it’s always festive. You can cut up fresh fruit and add the Madria Sangria and chill it... make up a fancy fruit skewer and add it to this drink which you pretty much pull straight from the bottle, and make it look super fancy. My friends have come to expect a lot from me with entertaining, so it’s nice to be able to look like I’m really good in the kitchen, but make it easy.
Sangria really is perfect for entertaining a big group. Whenever you see any kind of liquid in a punch bowl with fruit, I don’t care who you are, you want some of it. It just looks so good... and luckily, it is.
Are you a white sangria or red sangria kinda girl?
You know, it’s weird. I’m a red wine girl in general, but with sangria I can go either way. Because it really is just perfect for a summer day. If I’m just drinking sangria, I prefer the Madria Sangria Muscato, but if I could add spritzer (because I love to add that carbonation), then I prefer the traditional Madria Sangria red.
Is sangria something you drink in the Bachelor house?
Oh my god, of course. We would put cocktails in big serving punch bowls. And that’s one of the best things you can do with sangria — pour it in a big bowl, cut up a bunch of fruit, and throw it in. And, you know, it’s good for big groups.
Who makes the drinks in the house?
Oh, we do, I guess. I know one group of girls — I don’t remember who — told me they had a margarita machine in the house one season, but it wasn’t during ours. I wish it was...
Yeah, that season probably had the most concussions...
Ha, yeah. They definitely give us a lot of wine when we want it.
What do you like about the Madria Sangria specifically?
It just tastes the best, it’s a great value, and for me, it’s just one I’ve always liked. I discovered it at the grocery store in California and I’ve always been a fan of sangria.
What is your normal drink when you’re not drinking sangria?
I’m a wine girl. If it’s not sangria, it’s either Pinot Noir or Malbec... and a Guinness. I think of it as a dessert.
Do you change what you drink depending on whether you’re on a date or if you’re with your girls?
Oh no, I drink what I want when I want it. I don’t care what the other people think.
Madria Sangria Mexi-Coconut Paradise
The fruity flavors of Madria Sangria are both sweet and refreshing.
3 oz Madria Sangria Moscato
1 oz coconut water
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1. Combine Madria Sangria Moscato, coconut water, pineapple juice, and orange juice.
2. Pour over ice and garnish with pineapple and orange slices.