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Is there anything better than wine? Yes there is, it’s Sangria! I know a lot of people think of it as a summer beverage, but I am a huge fan, no matter what season it is. That’s the great thing about Sangria, it can adapt very nicely to whatever season you are in. Is it fall? Add some peaches and pears. Is it the holiday season? Throw in some cranberries and pomegranates. Is it summer? Add some fresh berries and you are good to go.
The Sangria I chose for today is perfect for any season and works for any event. Make it for a brunch, or a luncheon, a book club meeting, or just keep it on hand and enjoy while chatting with a good friend, or even while you’re binging on the couch with Netflix. It goes with everything and every occasion.
I did not list a specific type of red wine in the ingredients on purpose. You can really use any type you want and it will still be fabulous. This recipe is sweet, so keep that in mind when choosing a wine. The chart below is a quick rundown of red wine intensities. I like this particular recipe with a Merlot, but use whichever you prefer.
Tip: Do you have bottles of wine that have been gifted to you, that maybe you would not have chosen for yourself and you never seem to get around to opening? Use those when making this Sangria!
Know a Sangria lover? How awesome would these socks be as a gift?
To give it some fizz, I like to use Prosecco, which is a sparkling white wine, similar to champagne. If you prefer to use champagne, that will work well also.
When it comes to adding fruit, again, it’s a matter of preference. I chose to add blueberries and oranges to this Sangria. Are you sensing a pattern here? You can be as adventurous as you want to be. There’s no set rules.
If you are not sure what combinations of fruits and wines work best together, I recommend the book, Seasonal Sangria. It has 101 recipes for every season, occasional, mood, etc. that you can imagine!
This particular recipe will make a pretty large amount. Feel free to scale it back by only using half the ingredients. To store any leftovers, remove any fruit and keep it tightly sealed in the refrigerator. Pull it out and add fresh fruit to it and it will taste great all over again.
Give it a try and drop me a line!
- 1 bottle red wine 750 ml
- 1 bottle Prosecco 750 ml
- 1 bottle lemon lime soda 2 liter
- 1 large orange sliced
- 1 cup blueberries
- In a large carafe or pitcher, pour in entire bottles of red wine, Prosecco, and lemon lime soda.
- Add orange slices and blueberries. Mix well.
- Let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.