Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fruity Summer Sangria

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with family and friends. We had a houseful on Sunday for a barbecue, so much fun! The night before, I whipped up a big yummy batch of Fruity Summer Sangria. So easy to make! Just dump, mix and let it sit overnight. The only thing I made for this batch of sangria was some strawberry simple syrup, which takes just a few minutes. 

When it comes to sangria, you can use white or red wine. The recipe I'm sharing below, I use red, my favorite! You can add all sorts of fruits and berries. Fresh is best when it comes to fruit, but you can use frozen too. The one canned item I always use is pineapple, my favorite fruit and juice for summer cocktails and drinks.  

Fruity Summer Sangria (makes 4 quarts)

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  • 2 bottles red wine, like Merlot, Shiraz (I use inexpensive wine)
  • 2 cups strawberry simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 20 oz can pineapple, including juice (chunks or slices)
  • 2 cups cranberry juice, I use cran-raspberry lite  
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 large oranges, sliced into wedges (remove seeds)
  • 1 lemon sliced into wedges (remove seeds)
  • 1 lime sliced into wedges (remove seeds)
How to Make Simple Syrup
In a sauce pan add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Add 1/2 cup sliced strawberries. Over medium high head, bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Once ready, remove the strawberries and discard them. Allow the syrup to cool to room temp.

Directions for Sangria
In a large 4 quart pitcher, pour the wine, strawberry simple syrup, pineapples with their juice, and cranberry juice - mix well. Next, squeeze the juice from the orange, lemon and lime wedges and toss in the wedges when done. Toss in the strawberries and blueberries, stir. Place sangria in fridge for several hours or overnight. When ready, pour over glass filled with ice, garnish with fresh berries and or fruit wedge. Enjoy! 

Sangria only lasts for a couple days, so only make what you plan on consuming.

Tip For a less sweet sangria, use half the amount of simple syrup.

This is a perfect treat for those hot summer days!
So refreshing. So good. Cheers!

Thanks for stopping by!


Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

hello, where was this in my long hot summer? Mary this looks so good!

Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

Oh yum this looks sooooo good!!!! I am so making myself and enormous pitcher when Summer rolls around again!

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

Let me just say this summer...imagine me, this lovely beverage on my back porch, watching the chickens peck, kids run around and play and the dog try to devour the chickens.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Well I could certainly use a glass of this right about now! Sam loves the Winking Owl wine....I love their corks! Summer is certainly Sangria time and I hope to try this out on my deck...whenever our crazy rain is over with!

Autism United said...

How long will a pitcher of sangria last in the fridge do you think? HAHA and I don't mean not long if drinking it, I want to do up ahead of time.

Mary said...

Hi! Sangria only last a few days....2 to 3. Only make the amount you plan on consuming right away. I throw mine together the night before and consumer it within 48 hours.

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

Yeah...on my grocery list right now....wine. fruit. cran juice. Yummmm!

Anonymous said...

Hahaha! Sounds like my house!lovely!!