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Summer sangria recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Sangrias for summer sipping

The perfect summer sipper is a tall glass of ice cold sangria. A cool combination of fresh summer fruits and red, white, rose or sparkling wine, sangria is a luscious, thirst-quenching backyard or picnic beverage. Here are three sweet sangria recipes to help you chill out a little in the heat of summer.

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Picking fruit for sangria

Just about any summer fruit can be used to make sangria. Peaches work well as do oranges, berries, apricots or even grapes. Apples are fun to include when it gets closer to the fall while mango and pineapples are perfect for adding a tasty tropical twist.

As a rule, you want to use juicier fruits that will release their juices into the sangria and also be able to soak up the flavor of the wine.

Even winter fruit can be used for a nice warm winter sangria. Once the fruit is soaked, you can keep it in the liquid for garnish and then enjoy eating it as a delicious dessert.

Add Wine, spirit and bubbles

Any wine can be featured in a sangria. Though red is traditional, experiment with white wine or even rose. You can even take sangria to an elegant level and use champagne or sparkling wine. Brandy is often added to sangria and, for a bubbly treat, you can top off sangria with ginger ale, seltzer or club soda.

Red Wine Sangria

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle light- or medium-bodied red wine
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) brandy
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced (with skin on) 
  • 1/2 pint fresh strawberries
  • 4 to 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup club soda
  • Fresh mint, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine wine, sugar and brandy in a large pitcher and stir well to dissolve sugar.
  2. Add fruit and cinnamon sticks to the pitcher, stir, and let soak in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, serve ice cold topped with club soda.

White Wine Sangria

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves plus more to garnish
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 24 ounces peach nectar
  • 1/4 cup peach flavored brandy
  • 1 bottle chilled dry white wine
  • 1 large peach, diced

Directions:

  1. Muddle basil leaves with sugar in a small pot. Add half the peach nectar and bring to a simmer. Stir and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Remove pot from heat and let sit until cool.
  2. Strain mixture through a fine colander into a pitcher. Add brandy, wine, peach and peach nectar. Stir well and let soak in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight. When ready to serve, garnish with extra basil leaves.

Sparkling Sangria

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup orange flavored liqueur
  • 16 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 bottle Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
  • A few handfuls of seedless grapes

Directions:

  1. Combine orange liqueur, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries in a pitcher.
  2. Pour champagne into pitcher and stir well. Add grapes and serve right away.

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