Wednesday, July 8, 2015

summertime staple: sangria

historically, I've made this yummy sangria for special occasions such as holidays and baby showers. probably because there is the element of planning ahead in order to refrigerate overnight. I actually can't remember the last time I made it, which means I don't make it enough! I'm vowing to make this a summer weekend staple in my world. every time I taste it, I'm reminded of just how good this recipe is compared to your typical sangria... I'll chalk that up to the brandy and triple sec.

I whipped up a batch of this sangria over fourth of july weekend and we brought it to the beach. it was the perfect beach drink! I don't know about you, but sometimes I get stuck trying to think of one drink that I want to consume all day long. liquor can be too strong, beer makes me too full, I usually settle with a variation of champagne and mixers. sangria was a perfect alternative especially since it's made for groups! whip up a batch and bring it to your next summer gathering, guests will love you.


1/2 c. brandy
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/3 c. orange juice
1/3 c. frozen lemonade concentrate
1 bottle of red wine (750ml)
1/2 c. triple sec
1 orange, sliced into quarter rounds
1 lemon, sliced into half rounds
1 lime, sliced into half rounds
maraschino cherries
2 c. diet ginger ale


1. pour all ingredients into pitcher, excluding ginger ale. stir well.

2. refrigerate overnight.

3. just before serving, add ginger ale. be sure to scoop fruit out with each serving. cheers!

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