How’s that for an alliteration?
During the summer, Corey and I have a few recipes that we absolutely have to have made in our home at almost all times. One of those just happens to be the best sangria ever. Yup, I said it and I’m standing by it – this is the tastiest, most wonderful sangria I’ve ever had. And it’s oh so easy.
Let’s start off with the cast of characters:
- 1 large bottle of wine (don’t be afraid to cheap out here! The bottle we purchase is under $10, but it tastes fabulous with the other flavors)
- 1 can of pulp-free frozen orange juice
- 1 can of frozen passion fruit juice
- 1 bottle of club soda
- A couple of lemons (limes work fine if you don’t have any on hand)
That’s it! Now all you’ve gotta do is toss it all together. We’ve made this enough times that we’ve found that there’s an order that works best, so Corey modeled for me to show you how we like to make it.
Start with the frozen juices. Notice how ours aren’t so frozen anymore? This works just fine if they’re still frozen, but it takes a lot longer to mix it up and (unless you are making frozen sangria), you don’t need them to be frozen anyways. So typically, we let them sit out on the counter for a while before we make it so they have time to thaw out.
Add your wine…
…and the lemons.
Now you pause to stir it all together – this is important! If you wait to stir until after you add the club soda, you can mess with the carbonation and it won’t be quite as wonderful and fizzy. So take a second now to get it all nice and mixed up.
Last, add in the club soda! See? Fizzy!
You can stop here if you want (we usually do) but if you want to make it a little prettier you can add some sliced fruit. We’ll sometimes add lemons and limes if we have them on hand, but you can really do whatever you want. This time, we just tossed some extra lemons in there because that was all we had in the house.
Usually when we make this, we do it in an old gallon jug that has been cleaned out (we regularly buy gallons of tea, so we just use one of those, but you could use an old milk jug if you clean it out well enough) because it’s the perfect size, it has a lid, and it’s just all around easy. This time we were making the sangria for a father’s day lunch, so we thought something a little prettier was in order.
And that, my friends, is how you make the easiest, tastiest sangria ever! It’s addicting – don’t say I didn’t warn you!
What are some of the staples you have in your house during the summer?