Summer calls for sangria and this season it comes in red, white, and pink. Cheers to the weekend with these summer wine favorites.

Pro tip: use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes to avoid a watered down taste as the day gets hot.

What exactly is sangria? 

Simply, sangria is a punch. Typically, this alcoholic beverage consists of red wine, chopped fruit, non-alcoholic mixer, and occasionally other spirits.

What is the history of this drink? 

While sangria is considered a Spanish staple, the history of this drink can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman times. The ancient Greeks and Romans had a drink called hippocras which was made of wine, sugar, spices, among other ingredients. Later, at around 1100 B.C., a similar type beverage spread to Spain and then to England and France starting in the 1700s. Not until 1964, at the World’s Fair in Queens, New York, did this summer staple find its way to the United States.

Summer Sangria

Serves: 1

Sangria is the easiest drink to make for a group and can be customized based on your fruit preferences. This rosé sangria is everything you need for summer. Watermelon juice adds a refreshing component, without adding sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sliced & pitted cherries
  • ¼ sliced white peach
  • Juice of ¼ lime
  • 1 sugar cubes
  • 2 oz club soda
  • 1 oz vodka
  • ½ oz watermelon juice
  • 3 oz rosé

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker add sugar cubes, lime juice and club soda.  Stir until cubes dissolve.  Add fruit then vodka, rosé and watermelon juice.

Tequila Sangria

Serves: 1

Sangria is the easiest drink to make for a group and can be customized based on your fruit preferences. This summer staple can be made as a big batch cocktail for any event. Tequila isn’t a typical ingredient in the average sangria, but this drink is far from average.

Ingredients:

  • Lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit sliced
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • ¼ tablespoon agave syrup
  • 4 oz white wine
  • 2 oz club soda

Directions:

Muddle fruit slices, tequila, and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker. Stir in white wine. Pour into a wine glass with ice and top with club soda.

Sunrise Sangria Spritz

Serves: 1

This is what you get when you mix a rum punch and sangria. A fruity, bubbly drink that’s not too sweet, and perfect as a big batch signature cocktail for any event.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix wine, grenadine, and syrup in glass. Stir to combine before adding fruit slices. Chill for 4 hours before serving.

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