Sangria days make the smiles stay. It’s the one drink that everyone can agree on. Just the word sangria excites us, evoking nostalgic memories of friendly get-togethers and future summer brunches to come. Can’t wait!
So now the only thing left to ponder is: do you prefer a red or white sangria? Below are a couple of recipes we’ve created (one red, one white) that can add a little love to your summer. The nature of sangria is that it can be completely customized to your or your guests’ personal preferences, so you can easily substitute any of the ingredients to create your perfect pitcher.
White sangria uses white wine, so it usually has a crisp, fruitier flavor over the red. Depending on which white wine you choose, the taste of the sangria can lean towards the tart side, so the addition of a simple syrup or sweetened fruit juices can help balance the flavors.
MIDSUMMER SANGRIA (serves 8)
4 oranges sliced
2 limes sliced
16 oz strawberries sliced
1 bottle Riesling
1 bottle Oh Snap! Sparkling Chenin Blanc
12 oz lemon-lime soda (2 cans)
1/2 cup peach liqueur
1/4 cup simple syrup
(To make syrup: bring 1 cup water to a boil, stir in 1 cup sugar until dissolved, take off heat, set-aside until cool)
1. Combine all ingredients, EXCEPT soda, in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate overnight.
2. Stir in soda and then serve.
Red sangria uses red wine, which usually features a stronger, alcoholic kick than its white counterpart. Popular red wine varietals (such as Cabernet Sauvignon) can be a little drier and a bit bitter, so offsetting with sweetness is a must. Balance it out with fruits, juices, syrups, or sweet liqueurs.
SUNSET SANGRIA (serves 8)
2 nectarines sliced
2 apples sliced
4 clementines unpeeled, sliced into wheels (freezing slightly helps w/slicing)
6 oz fresh blackberries
6 oz fresh raspberries
2 bottles of red rioja wine
1/2 bottle ruby port
1/2 cup triple sec
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
1. Combine all ingredients in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate overnight.
2. SERVE and enjoy!
So what do you think? Are you more of a red or white sangria type of person?
Let us know in the comments below!
photography by: Jennifer Erickson