Simple Summertime Sangria

by Monday, June 27, 2016

Sangria is a summer party staple at our house. It’s not something you drink everyday but it’s a great way to turn an ordinary bottle of wine into something special. With so many options, you’re bound to have ingredients on hand to whip up a batch on short notice.

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Sangria Ingredients

At it’s core, sangria is wine, fruit and something bubbly and/or sweet. Traditionally, it’s made with a dry red wine like a Spanish Tempranillo, but now you can find a recipe using red, white, rose and of course sparkling. I tend to make up my own recipe and while it usually turns out just fine, every once and awhile I mix up a dud. So lately I’ve resorted to testing out a few actually recipes and honestly that’s probably what I should have done from the get go.

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For Father’s Day I made a batch of red and wine sangria  – we had no problem finishing them both.

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Here are a few of my favorites, and a few tips for stirring up the perfect summertime Sangria.

 

Traditional Sangria from Minimalist Baker

I used this as the base of my traditional batch – my only switch might be to have everything sit for a few hours in the fridge to help the flavors meld together.

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Photo by Minimalist Baker

 

Strawberry Peach Rose Sangria from What’s Gaby Cooking

So fresh and easy with summer fruit and a bit of sparkle.

Photo by What's Gaby Cooking

Photo by What’s Gaby Cooking

 

White Peach Basil Sangria from The Lush List

This was a really great, simple recipe – I don’t always love herbs in my drinks because they can be hard to drink around, but it does add a bit of freshness (and a pop of color) to the drink. I had simple syrup on hand so I used that instead of plain sugar.

Photo by The Lush List

Photo by The Lush List

 

Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria from How Sweet Eats

I love bubbles in anything and the tart bite from the grapefruit was a a nice surprise – but then again I like grapefruit drinks. Plus it just looks pretty.

Photo by How Sweet Eats

Photo by How Sweet Eats

 

Sangria is pretty forgiving, but here are a few tips from Food & Wine on how to choose the best wine and flavor combinations.

 

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What’s your favorite sangria recipe?

 

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