Simple Spring Sangria

This recipe for simple sangria is perfect for any spring or summer gathering.


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Spring is finally here, and with it come block parties, backyard barbeques, family reunions, and bonfires. More than once, I’ve been rushing around the grocery store at the very last minute attempting to throw together something to take to these numerous social gatherings.

If you’re like me, you prefer white wine sangria over almost any other concoction on those warm, sunshine-y days. But finding a quick recipe that everyone will love is easier said than done. Most recipes call for chopping numerous fruits, purchasing wine and liquor, and letting the mixture chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of four hours. In my opinion, the best sangrias, but sometimes you just don’t have that many hours to spare.

Luckily, I’ve found the perfect solution. This fast, delicious alternative to traditional sangria is easy to make and won’t leave your wallet empty. The best part is there’s no wait time. Just mix all the liquid together and then toss in the frozen fruit. The fruit acts as ice, chilling your mixture right away so that you can serve it immediately. 

I found this recipe on Carrots ‘N’ Cake (www.carrotsncake.com), a lifestyle blog I browse occasionally. While the author calls for grapefruit soda, such as Fresca, I used Pineapple-Passion fruit. The original recipe instructs you to use mixed berries, but I chose the bag of tropical frozen fruit that included mangoes, pineapple, strawberries, and raspberries. I also cut the measurements in half to make a smaller batch.

As you can see, this recipe leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Choose your favorite brand of white wine, decide on flavored seltzer water instead of just sparkling, and tailor this beverage to your guests’ personal preferences. Add a few lemon slices or fresh mint leaves as garnish and enjoy!

Simple Spring Sangria   

3 750 ML bottles of Pinot Grigio
2 liters seltzer water
2 liters of your favorite fruit flavored soda
3 pounds of your favorite frozen fruit

Combine ingredients in a large pitcher and serve immediately.

Yield 16-20 glasses

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