Summer Sangria Series #1: Sangria for Dummies

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Hey Everyone! The hot summer months are finally here and we all know that means ice cold pitchers of Sangria are more than necessary. This is our easy guide for those readers who are a little intimidated by making a batch for the in-law’s 4th of July party.

Sangria is made of a few simple components:

  1. one bottle of red or white wine
  2. 1/2 cup – 1 cup fruit juice
  3. 1/2 cup – fruit liquor or rum
  4. 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup sweetener (agave, honey, simple syrup) {simple syrup = equal parts granulated sugar and water that is heated/simmered on the stove until all of the sugar dissolved – takes about 5 minutes} 
  5. Mix all ingredients in a larger pitcher with ice. Chill and serve!
  6. ** PRO TIP: Freeze bunches of grapes (or other fruit) and use them like ice cubes to prevent watered down sangria! They are WICKED tasty as treats!

OPTIONAL COMPONENTS

  1.  1 -2 cups of mixer (club soda, iced tea, sprite, lemonade)
  2. 1-2 cups of chopped and peeled fresh fruit

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Now obviously you do not have to follow this format at all it’s just a basic guide. Sangria is meant to be a fun mash up of what you have lying around. OR a great way to re-purpose wine that you may not have liked on its own.

 

Out Shopping?

Running late to the cookout and don’t have time to make a sangria? NO PROBLEM! Check out these premade sangria brand that we can guarantee are summer sweet.

Lolea Sangria –

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This bubbly sangria can be found at Whole Foods and in half bottles! Perfect for carrying along in your bag. They produce a bubbly sangria in both red, white, and champange styles!

Senor Sangria –

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This gem we found a local unique wine shop. The wines are produced in Spain and are made in both red and white styles. This sangria is big on natural fruit juices so it may not be very strong in the alcohol content but it tastes fresh!!

Mija Sangria –

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This tangy superfruit sangria is great tasting and good for you! Thankfully it can be found at most liquor stores and supermarkets like Wegmans. Check out our article mentioning this wine for further info!

Yellowtail Bubbly Sangria

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Deep red and super juicy! This sangria is ready for the party but DO NOT SHAKE before you open it. Yellow tail is a widely sold brand so this may be your best bet on the way to a party but we can promise you that its awesome!

Happy Sangria-ing!

 

 

 

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