Summer Sangria Recipes

Melon Sangria
Via Laylita
Looking for the perfect summertime cocktail to serve at your next party?  Why not try making Sangria?  Sangria is simply a chilled drink typically made with red or white wine, sugar, sliced fruit and soda waters.  Other types of liquor and spices may also be added.  They are a beautiful beverage!  Sangrias are delicious and refreshing, but be careful;   Sangrias can be potent!



Melon Sangria
Yield:  6-8 people

Ingredients:
3 cups of mixed melon balls (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
2-4 tablespoons of honey, adjust to taste
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of grappa, adjust to taste – can also use pisco or a clear grape brandy
1 (750 ml) bottle of moscato wine, chilled
1 1/2 cups of sparkling water, chilled

To serve and garnish:
Mint leaves
Lime slices
Ice cubes or frozen melon ball ice cubes

Instructions
Place the melon balls in a large pitcher, add the honey (2 tablespoons to start), lime juice, and 1/4 cup of grappa. Mix gently and let rest in fridge for 1-2 hours or until 1 hour before serving.

Add the moscato wine, mix gently, taste and add more honey or grappa if desired. Keep in mind that you will top it off with sparkling water right before serving, so it’s okay if it’s on the sweeter/stronger side. Refrigerate for another hour.

Right before serving, add ice (or frozen melon balls as ice cubes), lime slices and mint leaves to garnish, and top off with sparkling water. You can prepare the final mix in the pitcher or serve it directly into glasses with melon ice cubes and top off each glass with the sparkling water.


For a mocktail sangria variation, omit the moscato wine and the grappa, and replace with a sparkling white grape juice and sparkling lemonade.



Blood Orange Blackberry Sangria
Via Home Cooking Adventures


Blood Orange Blackberry Sangria
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time:  At least 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Yield:  8-10 servings

Ingredients:
2 cups sliced strawberries
3 cups blackberries
3 Blood oranges, cut into wedges
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Triple Sec
2 cups sparkling apple cider
2 (750ml) bottles of Fruity Red Wine (For example Pinot Noir and Beaujolais)

Instructions: 
In a large pitcher, toss in all of the strawberries, blackberries, oranges, lemon, lime, and cinnamon sticks.

Pour in the sugar followed by the triple sec, sparkling apple cider, and red wine. Stir a few times until the sugar is mostly dissolved.


Place it in the fridge 4-8 hours. You can drink it after two hours, but the longer you allow it to sit the more flavorful it is!



White Strawberry-Kiwi Sangria
Via Kitchen Treaty

White Strawberry-Kiwi Sangria

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours
Total time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 pound strawberries (about 3 cups), hulled and cut in half
4 kiwi fruits (about 1 pound), peeled, halved, and sliced
1 medium lime, sliced
1 (750 ml) bottle white wine (I recommend a drier selection like Sauvignon Blanc)
1/2 cup light rum
1/4 cup honey (optional)
Lemon-lime soda

Instructions:
To a large pitcher, add the kiwis, strawberries, lime, wine, and rum. Drizzle in the honey if using. Seal or cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, up to 12.
Remove from refrigerator and stir gently with a long-handled wooden spoon.
To serve, fill a glass 2/3 full with sangria and a few pieces of fruit. Top with lemon-lime soda. Enjoy.


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