Patio Sipper: Sumptuous Summer Sangrias


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First introduced to the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair, sangria is a refreshing punch made from any variety of fruit, wine, and liqueurs. One of the best things about sangria is the nearly limitless number of combination possibilities. Mix up a batch before your next summer happy hour using one of these tasty recipes.

Peach Sangria

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This white sangria from food blogger Tori Avey incorporates the iconic summery flavors of fresh peaches to create a light and fruity patio sipper.

What You Need:

  • 1 lb fresh yellow peaches, sliced
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 3/4 c peach liqueur or peach schnapps
  • 750 mL white wine (1 bottle)
  • 1 l ginger ale, chilled

What to Do:

  1. Place the sliced peaches into the bottom of the sangria pitcher.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat and let it cool. This is your simple syrup.
  3. Pour the simple syrup, peach liqueur, and white wine over the peaches. Stir.
  4. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let it sit for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, top the pitcher off with chilled ginger ale and stir gently. Serve in wine glasses, allowing a piece of fruit or two into each glass.
  6. The ginger ale will lose its carbonation quickly in the pitcher but will still add a great flavor. If you’d like a more sparkling sangria, top the glasses off rather than the pitcher. Fill each glass half full of sangria and top off with ginger ale. This will make the final beverage more carbonated and sparkling.

Spicy Sangria

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It’s a red sangria for the more adventurous. This inventive recipe from Food Republic uses the spice of chili peppers to balance out the sweetness of lemons, limes, elderberries, and cranberries.

What You Need:

  • 1 red chili pepper, sliced
  • 2 1/2 oz white wine
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz lime juice, fresh
  • 1/3 oz elderberry cordial, available at specialty grocery stores
  • 1/2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 tsp cucumber, diced
  • Lemon-lime soda

What to Do:

  1. In a tall glass, muddle the chili pepper.
  2. Add a scoop of ice and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Top up the glass with lemon-lime soda.

Sparkling Cherry Sangria

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This icy sangria remix from Brit utilizes the complexities of mixed fruits with sparkling champagne and mint to create a quintessential summer drink.

What You Need:

  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 2 small lemons
  • 2 small oranges
  • 1 1/2 c cherries
  • 1/2 c fresh mint

What to Do:

  1. Wash off the oranges, lemons, cherries, and mint. Pat dry.
  2. Prepare the fruit by slicing the lemons and oranges into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and removing the stems from the cherries and mint leaves.
  3. Put cherries, lemons, oranges, and mint into a pitcher. Pour champagne over the fruit and let it chill in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. Serve chilled.

Rosé Sangria

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Rosé and summer go together like summer and pools, and this creative recipe from food blog A Spicy Perspective mixes rosé with fresh fruit and bourbon to create a sangria meant for southern summers. Find some of our favorite rosés here.

What You Need:

  • 750 ml French rosé wine (1 bottle)
  • 1 c pink grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 c bourbon
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/4 c Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
  • 2 c watermelon balls
  • 1 1/2 c fresh sliced strawberries
  • 6 oz fresh raspberries

What to Do:

  1. Use a melon baller to scoop 2 cups of watermelon balls out of a large slice of fresh watermelon. Slice the strawberries.
  2. Pour the rosé wine, grapefruit juice, bourbon, honey, and Chambord in a large pitcher. Stir until the honey dissolves into the mixture. (If your honey is especially thick, warm it first to thin it out before adding.) Then add the watermelon balls and strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Taste for sweetness, add more honey if needed, and serve poured over fresh raspberries and strawberries.

Red Sangria Popsicles

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Cool off with a sweet adult treat after mowing the lawn, taking a swim, or reading on your patio. These frozen sangria pops from Rosie Eats let you ditch the glass and take your sangria to go.

What You Need:

  • 1 bottle fruity red wine
  • 1/2 c fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 shot brandy
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Strawberry slices
  • Orange slices
  • Lime slices
  • Mint leaves (optional for a zesty kick)

What to Do:

  1. To make sangria drink: Combine wine, orange juice, lime juice, brandy, and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add strawberry slices, orange slices, and lime slices; stir the mixture and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  2. To make sangria popsicles: Follow directions for sangria drink but exclude 1 cup of lemon-lime soda. Pour sangria mixture into the molds, add fruit to the molds, and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Sangria keeps in the fridge for five to seven days. Mix up a batch before the work week to give yourself a nice reward when you get home, or add some to the menu for your next party.