Here is a Super Fruity Sangria Recipe that is perfect for a summer party. It’s a simple, delicious summer drink that’s great for entertaining.
I love fruit, and this summertime drink infuses brandy and red wine into the fresh yummy fruit. On a warm summer day, this cold drink goes well with a BBQ dinner.
Today’s post is a part of a summer entertaining blog hop. These talented bloggers are sharing their outdoor spaces and recipes that are perfect for entertaining guests.
So, I’m sharing my husband’s sangria recipe that is jammed-packed with fruit. We fell in love with sangria on our trip to Spain.
Many years ago, I spent a summer in Bilbao, Spain. I lived with a family friend who lived in a small coastal town in Northern Spain.
I had a wonderful summer soaking in all the local summer festivals and culture.
We had lunch outdoors at a large round table out in their beautiful garden overlooking a pond. Every lunch, the summer beverage was a delicious fruity sangria!
I loved the fruit that was infused with light hints of alcohol.
So, my husband wanted to recreate his own sangria, and I told him to put a lot of fresh fruit in the drink. And when he was all done, his drink reminds me of the ones I had that summer in Bilbao. His recipe is chocked full of fruit, and it has a light touch of brandy and red wine.
Here are some of my summer favorite recipes:
Super Fruity Sangria Recipe
How to Make Sangria
Step 1 – Prepare Fruit
Have fun with the fruit. Seriously, the more, the merrier. My husband chopped up the fruit we bought at our local farmer’s market. So, he sliced strawberries, oranges, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, lemon, and pineapple. Once you have all your fruit, place it in a pretty glass pitcher.
You’ll want to use a pretty glass pitcher and drinking glasses for serving up your sangria so that it shows off this gorgeous drink.
Step 2 – Add Brandy
My husband adds brandy ( about a half cup) to his fruit and lets it soak in the flavors for 1-2 hours.
Step 3 – Chill
Let the Sangria chill in the refrigerator. So, this step chills the drink and allows the alcohol to infuse into the fruit. The more it sits, the better the fruit tastes.
Step 4 – Add Wine and Juices
Add the wine and whatever juice you like. My husband mentioned that if you want to soak the sangria after adding the wine, that works. Also, you’ll add the blueberry and agave syrup at this time. I found the blueberry syrup here.
Make This Drink Ahead of Time
Make this drink a couple of hours ahead of your dinner party. This allows the fruit to soak up the flavors. The only thing that is touchy is the fruit can get waterlogged, and their appearance gets mushy looking. So, maybe don’t make it the night ahead of your event.
A Few Key Ingredients:
We recently experimented with some fresh ingredients, and my husband is absolutely delighted with how they enhanced the flavors!
For instance, we added Blueberry Syrup, a concentrated fruity syrup that brings a delightful burst of fruitiness and sweetness to the drink. I usually purchase it at IKEA, but if you don’t have an IKEA nearby, you can conveniently buy it online by following this link.
Another ingredient we adore is Agave Syrup. It offers a pleasant level of sweetness without being overpowering. Its syrup consistency makes it easy to blend into drinks, resulting in a harmonious flavor profile.
Super Fruity Sangria Recipe
- 1 lemon sliced
- 2 oranges sliced
- 2 cups cherries pitted and halved
- ½ cup blueberries fresh
- 2 cups pineapple chunks fresh or canned
- ½ cup raspberries fresh
- ½ cup brandy chill
- 1 bottle red wine chilled full=body red wine like a Bordeaux or Rhone
- ½ cups orange mango juice chilled
- ¼ cup IKEA Blueberry syrup
- ¼ cup agave syrup
- Wash and prepare the fruit as noted.
- Place in a 2-quart glass pitcher and add the brandy. Make sure to cover the fruit with brandy by pushing the fruit down in the pitcher.
- Soak the fruit in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
- When you're ready to serve, add wine, and fill the pitcher the rest of the way with orange mango juice or orange-pineapple juice. Add agave and blueberry syrup as well.
- Served in chilled glasses with ice.
My husband insisted I tell you that the more fruit, the better. He loves to sit outside on a warm day and sip his fruity sangria, and once the drink is gone, he eats the yummy fruit.
So we are off to making drinks, and I’m obsessed. When I’m not blogging, I’m experimenting in the kitchen with combinations of ingredients.
So, next week is all about drinks, so stay tuned.
But in the meantime, here are my friend’s blog posts!
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Easy Tips For Outdoor Entertaining // Inspiration For Moms
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