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Guest Post: Sangria Packs a Sweet Punch

One of my closest friends and all around partners-in-crime, Kate, is amazing in the kitchen. Often when I host dinner parties, she’s my go-to for coming early and getting the place in order with apps and cocktails. Today she’s here to tell us all about how to make an ol‘ classic, Sangria, and just in time for summer! I was the recipient of this Sangria last weekend and let me tell you, it’s crazy good! So without further adieu…here’s Kate! ~ Megan

As soon as the weather gets warm, I get excited for one of my favorite past times, backyard BBQ’s! Whether I’m the host or attending as a guest, one of my favorite items to add to the menu is a festive drink. And nothing says party quite like a pitcher of Sangria!

If you are at all like me, the idea of making sangria for the first time can be a bit overwhelming, but what I’ve learned over time is it’s virtually impossible to ruin this full proof crowd-pleaser. Also, you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry, which helps whether this is a last minute addition or pre-planned item for your get-together.

Choosing a Vessel: You will need a gallon pitcher; my favorite is a deep black pitcher with bright red cherries. If you are bringing the sangria to a party, consider buying a pitcher that can double as a hostess gift. One that I am totally loving right now is this festive Raya Pitcher from Crate and Barrel.

Choosing the Ingredients: Start off with a bottle of wine. I normally make red sangria and usually use a Rioja, but any red or white table wine will do, just make sure it is something you would consider drinking on its own. In addition to wine, you will also need brandy. You can usually get a decent bottle for $11-$15 but can also try a fruit infused brand which can add more flavor but will probably run you about $30. Next, you’ll need to pick some fruit. A good rule of thumb is to always have a fruit that can absorb the alcohol such as apples, pears or strawberries and at least one citrus fruit such as orange or lime. You’ll also want to add a little bubbly, usually I use sparkling cider or Sprite, and about a half of cup of sugar to finish it off. For this recipe we decided to make red sangria. Just follow the simple steps below and you’ll have a party in no time!

Red Apple Sangria

Ingredients:
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Fuji Apple
1 Orange
½ Lime
¾ cup of brandy
4 tbsp of sugar
1 bottle red table wine
1 can of Sprite

Directions: First, cut the fruit into bite size chunks and put in a plastic container. Add half a cup of brandy and 2 tablespoons of sugar, cover and let marinate in the refrigerator. I try to let the fruit marinate for at least 30 minutes, but you can marinate for longer if you like your fruit to be potent.

Once you are ready to combine all ingredients, fill the pitcher about ¼ full with ice. Add the bottle of red wine, ¼ cup of brandy, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 can of Sprite and mix. Lastly, add in your marinated fruit, stir, serve and enjoy!

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p.p.s. Please keep the people of Nashville in your prayers. Visit here and here for a couple of fellow bloggers’ firsthand accounts of the flooding!

p.p.s. Have you heard about the Mother’s Day sale Wendy Brandes is having on her jewelry today? 10-40% off lots of fabulous pieces on her site! If a certain VIP in my life is reading this…I WANT THIS RING pretty please!

Comments

  1. Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com says

    I love sangia, that recipe and presentation is great!

    Hope you have a fantastic day!

  2. Traci says

    Thanks so much for the recipe!!! I love Sangria but have never attempted to make it. We will be serving this at our first pool party!!

  3. Jen says

    I always wondered how to make a good sangria! I knew it was more than just wine and fruit. Thank you for sharing with us, Kate, and thank you, Megan, for introducing us to Kate!

  4. Elizabeth Marie says

    I know what I'm doing this weekend. SANGRIAAAAAAAAAAA

    This looks amazing. Do I have to wait for the weekend?!

  5. OneCraftyFox says

    This is great! I like Kate's idea too of purchasing a pitcher that will also double as a hostess gift. I have bookmarked this post for my future summer party planning!

    Hope you ladies are having a fab week 🙂

  6. Piper Jacquelyn says

    I want! I seriously may make this tonight – it's a hot day here in the Midwest and with Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, I feel it's just to celebrate!

  7. Emily says

    Meg this looks DELISH!!! Also, thank you for the shout-out for Nashville. We need all the help we can get.

  8. lisa says

    I'm going to a housewarming party next week and I may have to bookmark this sangria recipe for it! Sounds delicious.

  9. Miss Kriss says

    Yuuuummmmm!!! I could use one of those cocktails right about now! 🙂 And you know that I lurrrve me some Wendy Brandes! Ahhh! I die!

    Thank you so very much for mentioning Nashville in your post today. For whatever reason, it doesn't seem to be getting a lot of press and that absolutely breaks my heart!

    You're the bestest for getting the word out there! Love you all the way to the moon and back!

  10. Laura@JourneyChic says

    I loooove sangria in the summer! It will probably be the first booze I drink after the kiddo comes out, and it will probably take two sips for me to get hammered. 🙂

  11. Jolie says

    Oh how I love a good BBQ with a pitcher of Sangria or an authentic margarita. I do fancy the white wine or peach version!
    xoxo

  12. Sandy a la Mode says

    Wow what a timely post!!! I just put up a post of me and my girls sewing a dress.. and then drinking homemade sangrias afterwards hahahaa! MMMm i LOVE that stuff!!

  13. cabin + cub says

    oh, i love sangria! one of the many things i am looking forward to after the little one is born! 😉

  14. * Reena Rai * says

    I'm more a cocktail drinker than a cocktail maker, but this is useful info! Also crazy about Wendy B's jewellery, that ring is gorgeous

  15. Pooch Morning Glory says

    o yeah… this is gonna ROCK. sweet pitcher.
    thank you for the recipe. i see a picnic coming on
    cheers
    ~laura

  16. Tamara Nicole says

    Mmmm Sangria is one of my fave drinks! My hubby and I went to Spain for our honeymoon, so everytime we have sangria it reminds me of Seville:-) Love it!

  17. Gracie says

    I don't think I've ever tasted Sangria but looks good. The pretty pitcher is also lovely. Looks perfect for a summer BBQ.

  18. Erika Peterson says

    The red wine that I'm currently drinking doesn't look nearly as tasty now. I'm craving Sangria!

  19. Stephanie says

    Thank you for the lovely comment, you have such a cute and sweet blog!
    the sangria reciepe seems so delish, deff going to try it this summer 🙂

    Kisses,
    Stephanie

  20. Minnesota Girl says

    Love that pitcher, and totally put it on my registrary!

    Have a good night!
    xoxo,
    Minnesota Girl

  21. B a la Moda says

    Girl, as I good Spaniard that I am, and knowing that Sangría is a typical Spanish drink, I can give you some advice. Regarding the wine. We don´t usually pour good wine like a good Rioja. It is said that the worst the wine the better sangría. It is not that it has to be the works but we sometime use tetrabrik wine. Regarding the fruits: orange, apple, apricot are the most common. We had apple or some fruit liquour too. Some orange juice too.
    Hope it helps! Said with love!

    xoxo
    B* a la Moda

  22. Clueless_Mama says

    I have never had a Sangria. They sound delicious! I am hanging on to this recipe until I'm done nursing. Thanks:)

  23. :: Lavender's Green :: says

    I love that pitcher! I've never had a Sangria, but it sounds like a lovely drink for a hot Summer's night.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    x Jasmine

  24. Jaime @ La vie...J'aime says

    I LOVE Sangria! The best one I've ever had is a tapas restaurant around the corner from me in Boston. Tonight it's all about the margarita though! 🙂

  25. Kate says

    oh yum, this looks delicious! will have to test it out on a nice hot day this summer! thanks for sharing!

  26. Jules says

    Sangria is so yummy and refreshing. I think it’s the perfect summer drink! I also love the idea of brining a stylish pitcher as a hostess gift and using it to make Sangria. The one from Crate & Barrel is really great.

    I’ll have to test this recipe out during our next BBQ! Thanks for posting.f

  27. Taylor says

    I absolutely love sangria! This looks like a perfect drink to have while sitting out on the patio on a nice and warm summer night…if only the summer weather would hurry up and hit the Midwest!

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