Perfect Party Punch – Sangria

Need a really refreshing and delicious summer party beverage? Well sangria is just that.
Text And Photo By Kristina Wiley

It’s practically summer here and it’s getting HOT. Need a really refreshing and delicious party beverage? Well sangria is just that! Nothing gets a party started and keeps said party going like a refreshing pitcher of sangria. It’s one of those fabulous make-ahead things that you can have ready long before your guests arrive.

Sangria, is a wine punch with origins from Spain and Portugal.  In its simplest form, it is comprised of a few fundamental ingredients:

  1. Young, Inexpensive Dry Red Wine (Tempranillo preferred – but any decent dry red wine will do)
  2. Sliced Fruit
  3. Sweetener (Juices, Simple Syrup,  or Fruit Nectars)
  4. Spirits (Liquor and / or Liqueurs)

Some sangria recipes out there are incredibly complex with their laundry list of ingredients.  A lot of them add a fizzy element (ie: club soda) and other additions.  Think of Sangria as the ‘casserole’ of mixed drinks.  We make ours based on what’s stocked in our cabinet and refrigerator.  If you like specific flavors or ingredients – mix them in!

I hope you enjoy this real crow pleaser (I know your guests will!).

Summer Sangria
 
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Refreshing summer cocktail: Citrus infused wine punch
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Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) inexpensive spanish red wine
  • We used El Prado - a Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • ¾ cup orange juice (we use blood orange since we had it on hand)
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup creme de cassis
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • 1-2 oranges, sliced (garnish)
  • 1-2 lemons, sliced (garnish)
  • 1-2 limes, sliced (garnish)
Instructions
  1. Combine the Sangria ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well. Add sliced fruit setting aside a few rounds for garnishing the individual glasses. Refrigerate for a few hours, until chilled.
  2. Pour over ice and garnish with remaining fruit slices.

 

 

Kristina Wiley

Kristina Wiley is the South Florida blogger behind the blog My Life as a Mrs. She is passionate about food, entertaining, and life. She writes about cooking as a joy that can be used to bring friends and family back together around the dinner table; be it quick and easy weeknight meals or full on multi course dinner parties.

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4 Comments
  1. I am a huge fan of Sangria and have been looking for a recipe since visiting Spain last year, can’t wait to try yours! Thanks

    1. I forgot one thing: you’re only missing a pinch of cinnamon (or more pinches for that matter). That used to be a great hit among youngsters and an urban legend as it was supposed to give sangría some aphrodisiac power… A very popular addition in student parties.

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