Summer Sangria Recipes
The ideal fruit for summer sangria
The great thing about sangria is, there are no rules: just about any summer fruit can be used to make sangria. Peaches, oranges, berries, apricots and even grapes are perfect starters, and apples are fun to include for a crisp fruity addition. If you're feeling tropical, mango and pineapple also offer a perfect tropical twist.
As a general rule, you want to use juicier fruits that will release their flavours into the sangria, and that will also be able to soak up the flavour of the wine.
Add wine, spirit and bubbles
Any wine can be featured in a sangria. Although red is the traditional type of wine used in sangria, there's no reason why you can't experiment with white wine, rose or even sparkling wine. Brandy is often added to sangria for an extra burst of flavour and, for a bubbly treat, you may want to top off your sangria mixture with a splash of ginger ale or club soda.
Red Wine Sangria - Makes 8-10 servings
- 1 bottle of light or medium bodied red wine
- 2 tbs. granulated sugar
- 2 tbs. brandy
- 1 orange, thinly sliced (with skin on)
- 1/2 pint large blackberries
- 1/2 pint fresh cherries
- 4-5 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup club soda
- Combine wine, sugar and brandy in a large pitcher and stir well to dissolve sugar.
- Add fruit and cinnamon sticks to the pitcher, stir, and let soak in refrigerator for at least one hour. Ideally, you want it to soak overnight.
- When ready to serve, serve ice cold on the rocks, topped with club soda.
White Wine Sangria - Makes 8-10 servings
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, with more to garnish
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 700ml peach nectar
- 1/4 cup peach flavoured brandy
- 1 bottle chilled dry white wine
- 1 large peach, diced
- Muddle basil leaves with sugar in a small pot.
- Add half the peach nectar and bring to a simmer. Stir and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove pot from heat and let sit until cool.
- Strain mixture through a fine colander into a pitcher.
- Add brandy, wine, peach and peach nectar. Stir well and let soak in refrigerator for at least one hour, or if possible, overnight. When ready to serve, garnish with extra basil leaves.
Sparkling Sangria - Makes 8-10 servings
- 1/4 cup orange flavoured liqueur
- 16 strawberries, sliced
- 1 punnet of blackberries
- 1 punnet of raspberries
- 1 bottle chilled champagne or sparkling wine
- 1 bag of seedless grapes
- Combine orange liqueur, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries in a pitcher.
- Pour champagne into pitcher and stir well.
- Add grapes and serve immediately in a tall champagne flute, with a couple of blocks of ice.
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