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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

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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  • Florida Girl Meets the Midwest

    YUM. Sangria sounds perfect for this upcoming weekend. Que bueno.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Josie

    I'm not legal but love mixing virgin cocktails. That pitcher is gorgeous!
    xxoo Josie

    May 4, 2010 at 10:06 am Reply
  • Frau

    I went to Spain with my sisters and I was drinking Sangria like it was water….such a great drink!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Betty

    I love sangia, that recipe and presentation is great!

    Hope you have a fantastic day!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Traci

    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!!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:24 am Reply
  • Alicia

    yum!!! i love sangria 🙂

    May 4, 2010 at 10:52 am Reply
  • Kim

    cannot wait to make this. YUM

    May 4, 2010 at 10:56 am Reply
  • LaLa

    Hi Kristin OMG your blog is amazing! I love it!

    thanks for visiting and commenting me! Keep in touch!


    May 4, 2010 at 10:59 am Reply
  • alexkeller

    LOVE sangria! it's always a hit at my parties!

    May 4, 2010 at 11:09 am Reply
  • Leia

    hmm, do you think I could make a virgin version of this? it looks so yummy!

    May 4, 2010 at 11:16 am Reply
  • SogniSorrisi

    I love Sangria! It looks delicious.

    May 4, 2010 at 11:47 am Reply
  • Wande-LadyeeBoutique

    I'm totally making a virgin version! Looks yummy!

    May 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm Reply
  • Cafe Fashionista

    Pretty drinks are my favorite! 🙂

    May 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Jen

    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!

    May 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    yummy looking drink… love the pitcher too.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    I dont like sangria, I prefer Pimm's but this one looks gorgeous!!

    May 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth Marie

    I know what I'm doing this weekend. SANGRIAAAAAAAAAAA

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

    May 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm Reply
  • OneCraftyFox

    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 🙂

    May 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm Reply
  • Piper Jacquelyn

    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!

    May 4, 2010 at 1:58 pm Reply
  • Emily

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

    May 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm Reply
  • lisa

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

    May 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Carly Anne

    I would have never thought to use a Rioja in Sangria…brilliant!


    All this is Grace and Charm

    May 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm Reply
  • Miss Kriss

    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!

    May 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm Reply
  • Laura@JourneyChic

    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. 🙂

    May 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Kellie

    I have printed this out so that I can make it once I have this baby! Yum!

    May 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • Katy Mary

    Sangria is my FAV drink!! Love it, I will definitely have to make this.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • Jolie

    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!

    May 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm Reply
  • stylechanges

    looks nice great drink preparation is also very easy
    thanks for this post

    May 4, 2010 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • Sandy a la Mode

    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!!

    May 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • DustyLu

    I love it! Thank for the gorgeous drink tips. Yummy! ~lulu

    May 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • beingdena

    thank you so much for sharing. x

    May 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm Reply
  • Good Girls Studio

    That sounds so yummy! I'm sure I'll be whipping some up this weekend! ~Cheers~

    May 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm Reply
  • cabin + cub

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

    May 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Wild and Precious

    yum! thanks for the recipe!!

    May 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm Reply
  • * Reena Rai *

    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

    May 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm Reply
  • Anna G

    I think I know I what I'm making for a picnic. I love sangria. 🙂

    May 4, 2010 at 5:36 pm Reply
  • Pooch Morning Glory

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

    May 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm Reply
  • Tamara Nicole

    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!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm Reply
  • Meghan

    I die over that pitcher AND recipe! Sangria is my fave!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    I really like the vase.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm Reply
  • Jade "Purple" Brown

    cute heart shaped ring!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • Gracie

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

    May 4, 2010 at 7:35 pm Reply
  • liana

    yummmy, sangria is always an excellent choice. i have to try this recipe!

    May 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm Reply
  • Erika Peterson

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

    May 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm Reply
  • knk

    looks so nice very cute ring

    May 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    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 🙂


    May 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm Reply
  • Minnesota Girl

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

    Have a good night!
    Minnesota Girl

    May 4, 2010 at 11:02 pm Reply
  • Nubiasnonsense

    That Sangria looks delish thanks for sharing the recipe!

    May 4, 2010 at 11:45 pm Reply
  • Join the Gossip

    MMM I love Sangria =)

    May 5, 2010 at 12:05 am Reply
  • shortmama

    Forget the drink…I want that pitcher!!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:25 am Reply
  • B a la Moda

    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!

    B* a la Moda

    May 5, 2010 at 1:29 am Reply
  • Clueless_Mama

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

    May 5, 2010 at 1:40 am Reply
  • :: Lavender's Green ::

    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

    May 5, 2010 at 3:56 am Reply
  • free font

    hello! warm greeting 0_0
    keep up the good work!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:54 am Reply
  • nuheila

    Looks yammy…
    Love the ring!


    May 5, 2010 at 5:04 am Reply
  • Diane

    Sangria is my fav drink! I drink it on every occasion!!!And I love you for posting this!!

    May 5, 2010 at 6:36 am Reply
  • Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    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! 🙂

    May 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • alison (semi-fab lane)

    my mouth is watering now, i want sangria all of a sudden, i wonder why?!

    May 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm Reply
  • Kate

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

    May 7, 2010 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Jules

    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

    May 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm Reply
  • Taylor

    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!

    May 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • Terri

    Yum! I love sangria… I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe!

    May 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm Reply

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