Thursday, May 5, 2011

{Cinco de Mayo Celebration} Five Delicious Sangrias You Will Love

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  There is nothing more delectable and delicate - and maybe even a touch girlie - than a Sangria.  A delightful  combination of wines, fruit, sweet honey, citrus and sometimes spices, Sangrias are the pot lucks of pitcher drinks!  Typically this is a drink served in Spain as opposed to Mexico but I think that it is a great compliment to any Cinco de Mayo celebration.  So, slap on a sombrero and chomp on a chalupa and while you're doing that, try one of these delicious sangria recipes!

White Peach Sangria
(via Food Network - Bobby Flay)

  • 1 bottle white wine (Spanish table wine)
  • 3 ounces brandy
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water brought to a boil for 2 minutes in a small saucepan) and cooled (leftover syrup can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 1 month)
  • 3 ounces white peach puree (peel peaches, remove pit and puree in a blender with a small amount of water)
  • Fresh peaches, oranges, and apples sliced
Directions: Place all ingredients in a pitcher and stir to mix.  Refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to 48 hours. Serve over ice.

Pink Grapefruit Sangria
(via Spryte on Bakespace )


  • 1.5 liter Barefoot Moscato
  • 1 C Key Lime Rum
  • 1 12oz can Limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 medium pink grapefruit, sliced, then quartered
  • 1 orange, sliced, then quartered
  • 1 lemon, sliced, then quartered 
  • 2 limes, sliced, then quartered

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate several hours to overnight. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Watermelon Sangria
(via Food & Wine)


  • 2 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed, plus 1/2 pound watermelon cut into balls with a melon baller and skewered on picks
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces Cointreau or other triple sec
  • 4 ounces Citrus Syrup
  • Ice 
 In a blender, puree the watermelon cubes. Pour through a fine strainer into a pitcher. Add the white wine, vodka, Cointreau and Citrus Syrup. Stir and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Stir again, then pour the sangria into ice-filled white wine glasses and garnish with the skewered watermelon balls.

Cranberry Pomegranate Sangria


  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1 8 ounce bottle of  Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 cup of brandy
  • 1 cup of orange liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 apple, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • fresh berries, if desired
  • 12 ounces of club soda or sparkling water

Directions:Wash and slice, apple, orange, lime and add to wine. Rinse berries, and add to wine.Add brandy and orange liqueur and pomegranate juice. Chill overnight to let flavors deepen.Add chilled club soda to mixture before serving to add sparkle.

 Cava Sangria 
~Strawberry Mint Sangria~
(via Southern Living)


  • 8 large mint leaves
  • 1 (750-milliter) bottle Cava sparkling wine, chilled*
  • 3/4 cup white grape juice, chilled
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • Garnish: fresh sugar cane sticks
Directions: Press mint leaves against sides of a large pitcher with back of a wooden spoon to release flavors. Stir in sparkling wine and next 3 ingredients. Serve immediately over ice. Garnish, if desired.

*Other sparkling wine or Champagne may be substituted.

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