The last holiday weekend of the Summer is just around the corner and if you plan on hosting a party, you might be in need of a pitcher drink. My all-time favorite cocktail that can be made in a large quantity is sangria. It's super easy to put together and tastes better when it's made a day in advance, which is perfect for entertaining. I've been experimenting with different kinds of sangria since falling in love with Spain nine years ago; here's a roundup of the best sangria recipes out there.
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One of my favorite online pastimes is browsing recipes. Not just any recipes, but appetizers and pitcher drinks (yes, I am obsessed with cocktail parties). Since I'm partial to certain recipe databases, when I come across a preparation I've never seen before, like this watermelon sangria, I'm super excited. As I read it, getting more and more giddy by the minute, I wondered, how had I never seen it before? I went through the recipe rolodex in my brain.
There was nothing labeled watermelon sangria. I sent a link with the recipe to YumSugar asking her if it looked familiar. She had not seen it either. Thus, I made it the following day and received rave reviews. It was so refreshing and easy to drink that I made it again. And again. No joke, this watermelon sangria is my new favorite recipe! It's fruity, cooling, and addictive. Want to learn how it's done? Get the method now.
Summer and cocktails are synonymous to me. Having a margarita or salty dog after a day of hiking has become a celebratory ritual, and nothing hits the spot like a cold beer after a long run or bike ride. The thing is, classic Summer drinks like mojitos and margaritas add up caloriewise, and often contain lots of sugar because of all the fruit juice and/or simple syrup. My solution? Bandit Sangria ($8).
Bandit wine is a line of boxed wines, but it's not like Franzia — it's better, way better. Since it's easier to carry around than a wine bottle, it's a good choice for outdoor activities like camping and picnics. And on the eco-tip, it's good for the environment: less energy and materials go into making and transporting the Bandit wine boxes. Aside from that it's a bit novel — like a juice box, except for adults.
I first came across Bandit Sangria when I was shopping for a picnic. I LOVE sangria, love it. But sangria has a lot of sugar — either added, or naturally from the fruit — or too much alcohol from the addition of brandy. Bandit sangria has neither. The ingredients are pretty simple: a blend of "premium California wine and natural cranberry and grapefruit flavors." And while it wasn't the best sangria I've ever had, it was a good alternative to a sugary cocktail, and made packing for my picnic that much easier.
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I knew my parents had St. Germain, the deliciously aromatic elderflower liqueur, and I settled on this uncomplicated recipe with a complex-sounding name. Like sangria, it perfectly combines wine with spirit.
Don't be intimidated by the gin; I served it to three non-gin drinkers and they loved it! The sweetness of the St. Germain and the crispness of the white wine balance it out. What I love most about this refreshing concoction is that it's not hard to batch; one could easily make a pitcher. It's also a great way to use pomegranate juice. Interested in the recipe? Read more.
This week, I couldn't resist the opportunity to create a blushing sangria. It gets its signature color from X-Rated, a vodka, mango, and passionfruit based liqueur, and tastes like a trip to the tropics.
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