A sangria a day will keep the summer blues away! Ok, so maybe not literally a sangria a day, but it is so yummy and refreshing! The perfect summertime drink!
I know when you think sangria you’re probably picturing red, but let me tell you white is so yummy too! And for summer months, it definitely is pretty much perfection! I’d only heard (or had) red wines in sangrias previously, but when I googled how to make them and found hundreds of recipes, the one that stood out the most was a white one. That was the only thing I used from their recipe (true to my typical form!). One of the reasons I love sangrias so much is the simple fact that it’s a good way to use leftovers! Any wine will do, it doesn’t have to be expensive and they don’t have to be the same brand even. If you have any opened wines, this is a great way to get them used up and not let them go to waste! I had a bottle of chardonnay and 2 half bottles of Pinot. Together it was about 2 quarts. Then I cut tons of fruit (oranges, apples, lemons, and limes) in slices. I seeded them (I didn’t want anyone choking on our girls’ night!) and then sqeezed the juice out of them (and into the pitcher). I used about 4 lemons, 4 limes, 3 big oranges, and 2 big apples.
Next I added 3 tbsp of sugar (all the recipes I read called for more, but I found this to be a good amount. It was plenty sweet, without being painfully sweet.). Next I added lemonade, about 3 cups. Put it in the refridgerator and chill for as long as you can stand to let it! (First batch I made in the morning and we drank that night so it had a good amount of time to chill. The second batch I made right before dinner and we drank in the evening and while it was still good, it’s better if you let it chill for at least 6 hours.) The very last step (like literally as you’re about to pour it in the glass) is to add a carbonated beverage, I used Sierra Mist (1 liter bottle).
So take out a nice big wine glass, scoop out some of the yummy, wine soaked fruit, place it in the bottom of you glass… and then pour the deliciousness in and enjoy!
I almost forgot! (Truly, I’d already posted and had to come back because I’d forgotten all about the SLUSH part!) For a truly cool-you-down drink, make the sangria, throw in a gallon (freezer) zip-loc, stick in the freezer for about 4-8 hours (depending on how much and of what you put in it) and PRESTO CHANGO, you’ve got a wine slushie! I’ll try and get my slushie pics up later today, but know they are just so yummy! Today we’ll be enjoying a Lemoncello slushie!