While camping this year at Long Lake, I decided to make a “sangria a day” for tasting.
You see, I really do not like wine – GOSH – I TRY so hard to like wine, but I just don’t. So I thought I would try many different “mixers” with wine to see if it helped. Not only that, but I have had some lovely sangrias in Spain and wanted to try my hand at it.
I have enjoyed a fall themed sangria in the past (think caramel apple), but looked to Facebook to find some tried and true summer time refreshers for this little experiment.
Here is my picture diary, the recipe link and my assessment for each sangria I made!
Red, White and Blueberry Sangria
I served this our first night along with a Maine feast of lobster rolls, corn on the cob, clam chowder and salad. This sangria was one of my favorites – it was light and I might have a little less Prosecco in mine, but overall it was light, bubbly and refreshing.
Sparkling Rose Sangria
This sangria was again, very refreshing and had a little kick to it with the addition of vodka. I served this for our anti pasta night (even though I made a putenesca) – meat, cheese, bread and yumminess! This pared well with dinner and was fabulous after a long, hot day on the lake!
Blackberry Sweet Tea Sangria
This twist on two fab drinks really rocked!!! I served this with a traditional summer meal – hamburgers, hot dogs and pasta salad. My kids were feeling totally left out of this whole sangria experiment so they did get to enjoy the sweet tea before infusing it with the wine!
Mystery Sangria – contributed by Jennifer Smith (a dear friend from HS who warned me not to drink this too fast – maybe it should be named Knock You On Your Can Sangria
Approximately 1/2 gallon of red wine
1 to 1 1/2 cup apricot brandy
1/2 cup to 1 cup triple sec
1 cup orange juice
1 cup apricot nectar
1/2 cup to 1 cup Sprite or equivalent
Half an apple, chopped
Half and orange, chopped
Combine the liquid ingredients in a large pitcher, chop the fruit into bite size pieces and add to pitcher. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top. Chill
My sister cooked this night and we had a Greek chicken and salad meal. This sanrgia would kick you in the pants if you drank too much of it! It was a bit too alcoholy for me, but others enjoyed it and luckily, I only made one batch!
Pink Sangria – contributed by my girl Cheriene who loves this recipe as her go to for summer sangrias!
1 Bottle dry white wine
1/2 cup pink moscato (sparkling)
1/2 cup peach liqueur
1 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 large peach wedge
1/2 an orange, sliced
1/2 a lemon, sliced
Combine all ingredients, allow time for the flavors to mix and serve chilled.
We had this sangria pared with skewered Italian Meatballs and pasta! It really hit the spot!
Cider Beer Sangria
One wouldn’t think that beer and sangria would go hand in hand, but this one was delightful! We had pizza this night for dinner and a Cider Sangria fit the bill! It was a little fall tasting, but we did’t let that stop us!
I do so love our time at the lake every year! The sangrias added a fun touch and I have to admit, with a background like that, how could you go wrong?