Stir, Shake, Sip

Sangria is this season's hottest summer treat



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The summer heat is finally here — bikinis and beach chairs are being pulled out of the closets and pools are opening everywhere. With all the BBQs and picnics just around the corner, what better way to bring your family and friends together than with a delicious summer cocktail? This season, toast to the best time of the year with a pitcher of thirst quenching Sangria that will have everyone asking for seconds and thirds.

Derived from Spain, Sangria’s popularity and appeal with a variety of audiences is no surprise. For starters, the natural ingredients create a sweetness which people find equally refreshing and easy to drink. Typically made with red wine and fresh seasonal fruit, Sangria is best served chilled with a splash of citrus flavored soda for a kick. The beauty of this delectable concoction is that it can be altered to serve as you wish. Not a red wine fan? White sangria (my personal favorite) is just as easy to make and serve. Calorie conscious? There are even simple recipes to create a delicious drink without taking away from the unique taste and eliminating half the calories.

With a preparation time of about five minutes, there are no excuses to not test out your Sangria making skills this summer. We recommend this traditional recipe for your first bash and it is easy to prepare in mass quantities. We promise this drink will not only be a big hit but have the crowd dancing by the end of the balmy night! 

Best Party Red Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 Orange cut into wedges
  • 1 Lime cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Splash of orange juice or lemonade
  • 2 Shots of gin or triple sec (optional)
  • 1 Cup of raspberries or strawberries (may use thawed or frozen)
  • 1 Small can of diced pineapples (with juice)
  • 4 Cups ginger ale

Preparation:

Pour wine into a large pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon, orange and lime into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and pineapple then add sugar, orange juice and gin. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale, berries and ice just before serving. If you'd like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice. In order to maximize the flavor and presentation, leave twenty-four hours to refrigerate your Sangria allowing the flavors to properly marinate into each other.

Don’t have the time to mix up a batch for yourself
or simply looking to try other interpretations for inspiration?
Try these local restaurants that promise to deliver a kick
and sip that will leave you a fan of Sangria forever.

Fairfield

Bodega Taco Bar

With pitchers at $22 a piece, this Sangira comes in blanco (white) and tinto (colored) and is perfect for sharing with parties of two or three.

Greenwich

Lolita

Available by both the glass and pitcher, Lolita offers both red and white sangria. For a fruiter taste try the rubio Sangria which is a rose wine mixed with orange blossom, mandarian napolean, silver rum, rasbperries, grapes and strawberries. Yum!

Stamford

Barcelona

Known for their impeccable taste and list of wines, Barcelona encourages guests to try their Sangria Flora which is a French Rosé, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Soda, Fresh Fruit.

Westport

Viva Zapata!

Serving the same recipe for over thirty years, Viva Zapta has perfected their Sangria available in a full pitcher, half a pitcher or ball jar.

 

 

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