Nothing complements a summer party better than a giant pitcher of Sangria. The vibrant colors, unending combinations of fresh summer fruits and ability to cater the recipe to suit your personal tastes makes it a fun and versatile drink. It looks gorgeous, tastes amazing and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Make this for your upcoming summer BBQ, Girls Night In or Tuesday Movie Night. You won’t be disappointed.
Red Wine Sangria
3 cups dry red wine (I use Cabernet or Zinfandel, others prefer something lighter like Grenache or Merlot)
1 1/2 cups carbonated lemon-lime beverage (7-UP or Sprite)
1 1/2 cups orange juice
16 lime slices
16 lemon slices
8 orange slices
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup sugar*
2 tablespoons Cointreau (or any other orange flavored liqueur)
2 tablespoons grenadine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Pour wine, soda and orange juice into your pitcher
Add 8 lime slices, 8 lemon slices, orange slices, brandy, sugar, Cointreau, grenadine, lemon juice and lime juice to combine.
Let stand at least 30 minutes.**
Pour into glasses filled with ice cubes***
Garnish each with remaining lime and lemon slices and serve.
If you’re more of a white wine person, or if it’s a steamy, hot day and only white wine will do, you need a good white wine-based Sangria. I am a huge fan of white sangria with peach flavors and this recipe has never let me down.
White Wine and Peach Sangria
1 Bottle of white wine (Rioja, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc are my Sangria favorites)
1/2 cup Peach Schnapps
1/4 cup sugar*
2 sliced peaches (frozen peach slices work well)
1 sliced orange
1/2 mango peeled and sliced
1/2 liter of ginger ale
Pour wine and Schnapps in the pitcher
Add sliced peach, orange, and mango.
Add sugar and stir to combine.
Chill mixture for at least one hour**.
Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
Pour into glasses filled with ice cubes*** and serve.
*Add more sugar to suit your taste
**The longer you let it chill, the more flavor it will have
***Have fun with your ice cubes! Make them out of extra wine, juice, soda and fruit. They will look gorgeous and won’t water down your drinks!