1 Jun

I’m sure I’m not the only one that has been salivating ever since Alice posted those gorgeous photos of Karen’s super secret panna cotta recipe. Where to go from there? How about a nice refreshing beverage? Maybe with some of the same bright citrus flavors?

I do love red wine, but when it’s hot outside like it has been here these days, red wine is a bit heavy. Here’s a beverage for the hot days – sangria. It’s a refreshing punch-type drink that includes wine, sparkling water, fruit and ice.

You can make this beverage by the pitcher for parties or just by the glass if you want something refreshing to drink with dinner.

Like most things that I make, this recipe is meant as a guideline, a mere starting point. Feel free to adjust it to your own tastes.

I use inexpensive wine for sangria.

The Two Buck Chuck  wine works perfectly fine for these purposes.

Chop up the fruit

I prefer oranges, apples and lemons or limes.You can also add cherries, grapes and strawberries. You can also adapt this recipe for white sangria and use peaches, nectarines, pears and apricots with a bottle of white wine.

Mix the wine, sugar, sparkling water and triple sec, then add the fruit.

Let the fruit soak in the wine mixture for a while, as especially the apples taste great with the lingering wine flavor.

Add ice and pour.

Garnish with additional fruit slices and serve.


1 bottle of red wine, cabernet sauvignon or merlot
½ cup of sugar
½ cup of triple sec (orange liquor)
½ cup of brandy (optional)
½ cup of orange juice (optional)
2 cups of sparkling water
½ orange, chopped
½ lemon, chopped
½ apple, chopped

Pour the wine into a large pitcher, add the sugar, triple sec and sparkling water. Add chopped fruit and ice. Serve.

Alice? Are you thirsty? Where are you taking us next??

2 Responses to “Sangria”

  1. Kandis 01/06/2012 at 6:36 pm #

    What can I put in instead of Triple Sec? I don’t drink alcohol so I can get non alcoholic red wine but I am not sure what to replace the Triple Sec with.

    • Brenda 01/06/2012 at 7:19 pm #

      You can use orange juice. That will give it the nice citrus flavor

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