Sangria is always a good idea.

There was a not so brief stage in my early 20s when you’d be able to find me at the bar every weekend. No, I wasn’t there to party… I was on the other side of the bar laughing at the party-goers and happily collecting their tips while adding to my Fashion Fund.

6 Years after getting paid to pour my last shot to Patron- I still seem to wear the Bartender hat around my friends. At every dinner party, bonfire, birthday party.. every everything I get asked to come up with a beverage for everyone.

Usually I would steer towards a cocktail with maximum alcohol and minimum mix or a strong and skillfully layered shot. Lately, I find that I have been all over sangria. I prefer a white or rose packed with pineapple, peaches, berries and a hint of mint for the summer months. Once the weather turns chilly, I switch it up to cranberries, pears (you can use apples instead but I am allergic to apple) and cinnamon sticks or honey. I like using white wine for my winter sangria also – just not the biggest red wine girl but you can use whatever you’d like.

Since we are kind of in-between seasons at the moment, I thought I would share my favorite summer and winter time recipes with you.

SUMMER SANGRIA

white

1 cup sliced strawberries

1 cup chopped pineapple

2 chopped / sliced peaches

1 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

1 orange – sliced

♥ 1 bottle (750ml) of your favorite white wine

  3oz peach schnaps

1-2 cans of ginger ale

 

WINTER SANGRIA

2 honeycrisp apple – chopped (I opt for no apple and double the pear)

♥ 1 bartlett pear – choppedwinter.jpg

1 orange – sliced

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

1/4 cup cranberries

2 cinnamon sticks

1 bottle (750ml) of your favorite white wine

2 1/2 cups apple cider (the fresher the better)

1/2 cup vodka

3oz cherry brandy

1 cup club soda (add this right before drinking)

PS – when making any sangria, I toss all the ingredients together (without the soda) and let it sit together in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

 

What is your go-to drink lately? Please let me know in the comment section if you try these recipes and what you think of them. Cheers!

XOXO.

B.

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