This red wine sangria recipe is just the thing to keep you cool and refreshed on hot summer days. Pair your favorite wine with seasonal fruit and juices to customize this recipe.
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It’s the dog days of summer, that long sultry, stretch when the sun is so hot it saps every bit of energy you have.
This time of year, it’s all about lazy days and relaxing nights, kicking your feet up and finding relief and refreshment where you can.
Nevermind that you’re a grownup, go ahead and run through the sprinkler. Cool off by standing in front of the open freezer. Or pour yourself a glass of sparkling red wine sangria. the perfect cocktail for porch or deck sipping at the end of a hot, hot summer day.
Sangria is a fruity, slightly sweet wine punch that the perfect accompaniment to spicy food. I like to load mine up with fresh fruit — lemons, limes, oranges, apples, peaches, strawberries, grapes and whatever else is in season or a good deal at the grocery store.
Traditional sangria is made with dry red wine and sweetened with sugar. Some recipes also call for lemon-lime soda to give it some fizz and additional sweetness.
But you can also make it with club soda and a zero-calorie sweetener, like Sweet’N Low®, to reduce the calories. I used a Spanish Tempranillo Garnacha blend for this recipe, and I also added a touch of brandy (as is traditional) and some orange peach mango juice.
Since people often have different preferences for how sweet they like their cocktails, I like to let everyone add their own packets of sweetener.
That way, everyone can enjoy just the right amount of sweetness for their taste, without the extra calories.
Ahh, so refreshing. A glass of this really hits the spot on a hot summer day.
For best results, refrigerate the sangria for several hours, or even overnight, before serving.
To serve, add peaches, strawberries and grapes to a wine glass and fill halfway with ice. Add Sweet’N Low® (if you didn’t add it to the pitcher), then fill your glass 3/4 full with sangria. Top with a splash of club soda, stir and garnish with lime or other citrus.
Here, my husband demonstrates how easy it is to make the perfect glass of sangria:
- 1 750 ML bottle of dry Spanish wine
- ¼ cup brandy
- ¾ cup orange juice or other fruit juice
- club soda
- ¼ cup sugar or 6 packets Sweet'N Low®
- 2 limes thinly sliced
- 1 lemon thinly sliced
- 1 orange thinly sliced
- 1 cup grapes
- 1 crisp apple chopped or thinly sliced
- sliced peaches and strawberries
Place sliced limes, lemon and orange, apples and grapes in a pitcher.
Pour in 1 bottle of red wine, then add orange juice and brandy.
Stir to combine.
Add sugar or sweetener and stir once more, or you may opt to omit the sweetener at this stage and add it when serving the sangria.
Cover and refrigerate for several hours, or even overnight, before serving.
To serve, add a layer of peaches and strawberries to the bottom of a wine glass.
Fill the glass halfway with ice cubes. Add sangria, filling glass about ¾ full. Make sure to add some of the fruit that has been soaking in the wine.
Top with club soda and sweeten to taste.
Garnish with a citrus wedge.
Calorie counts calculated using 1/4 cup sugar per pitcher of sangria
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