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Jul 24, 2013

My lovely girlfriends hosted a bridal shower for me over the weekend. As you can imagine a shower with me as guest of honor would definitely not be complete without a sangria station. My friend Amanda put together the most legit and adorable sangria set up I have ever seen.

We of course had a blanca and a roja option complete with the summer hosting must have: mason drinking jars and fun straws.

Hope this inspires you for your next adventure in hosting! 

If you are in a pinch for a delicious drink- look no farther than some juice and cava to make a pretty simple sangria. Sunday night I poured together some orange/peach/mango juice and some leftover cava for what turned into a new favorite. The juice on its own was a little too sweet for my taste but the addition of the cava was perfect. 
Salud!
Aug 1, 2012

If you are in a pinch for a delicious drink- look no farther than some juice and cava to make a pretty simple sangria. Sunday night I poured together some orange/peach/mango juice and some leftover cava for what turned into a new favorite. The juice on its own was a little too sweet for my taste but the addition of the cava was perfect. 

Salud!

Feb 20, 2012 / 3 notes

Starfruit Sangria

Doesn’t this look awesome? I think I will save this recipe for a special occasion it is beautiful!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 ounces sauvignon blanc or dry riesling, chilled
  • 6 ounces London dry gin, such as Tanqueray
  • 8 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 ounces simple syrup
  • 10 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 starfruit
  • ice
  • 3 ounces chilled club soda or ginger beer

PREPARATION:

1. In a large pitcher, stir wine, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and orange bitters together. Add 1 cup of ice and stir well. 

2. Slice starfruit into 1/4-inch thick slices. Fill serving glasses with ice and line sides with starfruit slices. Add club soda or ginger beer to wine mixture, stir gently to blend, and pour into serving glasses.

salud! 

image & recipe via

Feb 7, 2012 / 4 notes

sangria basics

How about some sangria tonight? I love this photo of sangria basics from the NYTimes.

Aug 12, 2011 / 13 notes

Sangria by Serenella

Doesn’t that look refreshing! Today’s post comes from Italy. Flickr friend Serenella Ruggieri posted this beautiful photo last month and I tracked her down to share her recipe. It combines green apples, white peaches and cardamon seeds. The recipe is below. Check her out on flickr for more kitchen inspiration she posts lots of meal in process photos.

INGREDIENTS

sliced green apple
sliced white peach
sliced lime
cardamon seeds
2 tbl spoons of refined sugar
1/3 part white rum
juice of 1 grapefruit
2/3 part Italian classic method sparkling wine Franciacorta (very cold)

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients with the exception of the Franciacorta in a large jug or pitcher and refrigerate for several hours. After waiting and ready to serve add the cold Franciacorta. Garnish with limes.

* You can substitute champagne or Spanish cava if you don’t have Franciacorta.

Salud!

Aug 1, 2011 / 11 notes

Sangria on Sunday in Seattle

Last weekend my friend Charisse sent me a note that she had just prepared and enjoyed some delicious sangria. When I heard that she had put her own recipe together I asked if she had snapped a photo so we could share it here. Sadly that weekend she didn’t.

But lucky for us she decided again this past weekend to prepare some sangria and this time around she did snap a photo and even wrote down her recipe. Enjoy Charisse’s Strawberry- Peach Sangria.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 peach, sliced into wedges
10 strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 bottle of dry red wine (I used a fruit forward Pinot Noir)
1/2 cup peach liqueur
1/2 cup dark rum
2 tablespoons sugar, optional
Sparkling water and lemon wedges, for serving

PREPARATION

Combine the peaches, strawberries, red wine, peach liqueur, and rum in
a large pitcher. Add the sugar if using and stir well. Refrigerate for
6-8 hours or overnight.
To serve, fill a goblet style wine glass with ice. Pour the sangria
until the glass is 3/4 full. Top with sparkling water. Squeeze a lemon
wedge over the top. Stir gently to combine and enjoy immediately.
Serves 6.

May 16, 2011 / 3 notes

Cherry Ginger Champagne Punch

Doesn’t this sound delightful! A post on the Ready Made blog introduced this tasty concoction. Cherry & ginger sound like a divine and unexpected pairing and with a splash of cognac this is getting exciting! A perfect option for your next house party or backyard BBQ.

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups sour cherry juice*
6 tablespoons fresh ginger juice, from about half a hand-sized piece of ginger**
6 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup agave nectar
200 mL cognac (I used Courvoisier)
1 bottle dry white wine
4 bottles well-chilled Champagne or semi-dry sparkling wine
Additional lemon slices for garnish, optional

PREPARATION:

Mix the first six ingredients up to several hours before serving; keep chilled. Mix in Champagne just before serving and garnish with lemon slices. I prefer not to ice this punch, so I made mine in two batches, dividing up the punch base and combining with two bottles of chilled Champagne each time. **Make ginger juice by squeezing grated ginger through cheesecloth or a jelly bag.

image via Ready Made

May 4, 2011

Party Sangria

With the warm weather approaching, temps in the 70’s today & the longer days already have begun. The month of May marks the return of your favorite Sangria blog. Today I am here with some new Sangria photos and inspiration for a new sangria recipe as well. Two weeks back I was at my friend Jess’ birthday and was pleasantly surprised to see a bowl of sangria, nearly empty, as part of the spread.

The sangria was filled with possibly the most fruit I have ever seen in a sangria recipe. Blackberries, apples, blueberries, strawberries, oranges & lemons all combined to create a delightful fruit cocktail. My glass was overflowing with delicious chunks of fruit. The touch I loved the most was the bowl, complete with spout, and the cowboy boot glasses were so darn cute!

Check back again soon for some new recipes and more sangria fun! As always feel free to send me your sangria stories to share on The Sangria Diaries.