Apr 1, 2015

7 Refreshing Summer Sangria Recipes

When the sun starts to set on a hot summer day, a fruit-filled glass of ice cold sangria is just what you and I both need. And the sangria recipes recommended below are made in just minutes. Except for the last one, which requires you to extract the juice from fresh lemons, limes and oranges and cook them in sugar until the sugar dissolves. I'm not saying I won't do it this way, but I may try using good old fashioned store-bought orange juice instead. I don't see the need to buy fancy white Italian wine for any of these recipes when my favorite bottle of Pinot Grigio costs less than the Chicken Caesar Salad I had today for lunch at Panera's. The sweet taste of sangria - for summer barbeques, bridal showers, birthdays and just because.

Strawberry Sangria - A very affordable sangria recipe made in just minutes from one 450 ml bottle of white wine, sugar, sparkling water and freshly sliced oranges and strawberries. 
Sparkling Fruit Sangria - Bubbly and delicious!  This recipe also starts out with one bottle of white wine (Riesling) together with one bottle of your favorite champagne.  Add your oranges, lemons, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries to the wine for at least 3 hours before serving for the freshest wine-soaked fruit flavor. 
Strawberry Pomegranate Sangria - Another easy sangria recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction that takes only a few ingredients: two 750ml bottles of your favorite red wine, club soda, pomegranate juice and the seeds from one pomegranate, and freshly sliced strawberries.

Blackberry Vodka Sangria - Weren't expecting vodka in a sangria recipe, were you?  This delicious summer cocktail starts with fresh blackberries, boiled in sugar water to make a sweet syrup.  Strain the blackberry syrup, pour into a glass pitcher and add one bottle of sweet red wine and one half cup of blackberry vodka.  Garnish with sliced oranges and/or fresh blackberries and you're done!

White Strawberry Kiwi Sangria - A bottle of dry, white wine paired with one half cup of rum gives this sangria it's punch and lemon lime soda gives it the "fizz."  Fresh strawberries and kiwi, made more sweet by a touch of honey, make this drink fruity and refreshing.

Vodka, Limoncello and Prosecco Sangria - This recipe is basically a blend of Prosecco, which is an Italian white wine (very dry), vodka and a half cup of that lovely Italian lemon liqueur known as limoncello.

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