Summer Sangria Series: Part I

"Summer time and the sippin's easy"
- Someone famous & obviously cool 

As summer makes its presence known in the southwest, it’s time to break out the sunglasses and sit outside with a refreshing drink in hand. I’m a HUGE (said in a mocking Trump voice) fan of sangria. It brings back the nostalgia of my early-20’s-jungle-juice-days with an air of sophistication that belongs to a girl who’s entered her 30’s. Not to say jungle juice doesn’t have a place in your 30’s, we’ll just upgrade that to “punch” and save those recipes for another post (hint).

When it comes to sangria, anything goes. Sangria is a wine/sparkling wine/champagne based drink with delicious additions that make your taste buds dance. Basically it’s adding fruit to wine and having a good time. For any sangria recipe I highly recommend cutting your non-citrus fruits in bite sized pieces. It makes it easier to drink. Conversely, I recommend you leave any citrus fruits in large slices. Keeping these different sizes creates a beautiful presentation, but also a bit of functionality.

When choosing a wine or sparkling wine for sangria, cheaper is better. The additional liquors and fruit mask any shortcomings of a less expensive wine. 2-buck chuck? Perfect. $3.99 bottom shelf store brand? Double perfect. Cook’s Brut Champagne on sale for $4.99? Tastes just as good as Cristal. Ok, that last one was a bit of a stretch, but you get the point. Do not use your more expensive wines for these sangrias, save those for straight drinkin’.

Part I 

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Classic White Wine Sangria

This is my go-to white wine sangria. The balance of the sweetness of the strawberries with the tart granny smith apples creates the perfect summer drink. The small dice on the apples and strawberries makes drinking easier. As for the wine selection I recommend going with something semi-sweet to sweet. Although, any white wine will do. The addition of the lemon lime soda and peach schnapps offset any dryness (from i.e. a Chardonnay). In any of these recipes where lemon-lime soda is utilized, feel free to substitute with club soda. Your final product won’t be as sweet, but not any less delicious. If you do use a sweet wine, like a Moscato, I would recommend tasting before adding the lemon-lime soda to account for any extra sweetness that would be present (or just using club soda in place of lemon-lime soda).

Ingredients

  • I bottle white wine
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 2 cans lemon lime soda

Fizzy Peach 

There are many classic culinary combinations: chocolate and peanut butter, strawberry and rhubarb, steak and potatoes. However, my all-time favorite is raspberry and peaches. The summer a wide assortment of fruits. While the choices are vast raspberries and peaches are my go-to's. Whether in a pie or a fresh fruit salad, you have a winning combination.

Frozen fruit is perfectly acceptable in this recipe, if you decide to go with fresh, you’ll have to chill the sangria a little longer in the fridge.

Ingredients

  • Bottle of Champagne
  • 1-2 Cups peach schnapps
  • I peach (fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 Qt Raspberries

Directions for All

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher; stir.
  2. Allow flavors to meld for 2 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Serve chilled or over ice.

Stay tuned for Part II coming out Friday, May 26th!