Let me begin with the disclaimer that although I am a foodie, I am pretty picky as well. I will follow up with some great news: this drink is not only easy, but it is delicious! In the summertime, there is nothing better than a cool, refreshing, sweet tasty beverage... but not too sweet! There is a fine line between refreshingly sweet and a five-year-old's first attempt at a lemonade stand. Because I'm being remarkably candid in this first blog post, I will also admit that the roots of the recipe are not my own. My attempt to create sangria came from the maker of this RedHead wine, Marisa Sergi.
I first met Marisa, founder of RedHead Wine, this past year when she was also recognized as a Top 25 Under 35 nominee by the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals. It was an honor being recognized among so many talented young professionals from the Mahoning Valley! Her wine is now being sold in retail locations across the tri-state area, including Walmart.
You may notice in these pictures that my bottle has some additional gold writing, because Marisa likes to leave messages on select bottles when she visits any retail location that carries her wine. I was lucky enough to score this one! Long story short, I follow Marisa's updates on social media and she posted a video recipe for sangria. When I was in Walmart earlier and saw her well-wishes written on this bottle of red blend, I knew I was going to be making sangria tonight!
As you will notice, I gravitate towards easy recipes. So here is what you need:
*For this recipe I used:
one granny smith apple, one ambrosia apple,
one peach, and five large strawberries.
Pro Tip: Cut up your fruit into small pieces; this helps when pouring and drinking your delicious sangria!
I used about four cups of fruit overall. If you don't want a layer of fruit in your drink, you can easily cut this back to 2-3 cups of fruit. I think part of the fun with drinking sangria is enjoying the variety of fresh fruit that has been marinating in the sangria.
Total Cost: Under $20
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
1- Chill wine, soda pop, and orange juice in freezer while prepping the fruit.
2- Dice up a variety of your favorite fruits.
3- Pour in chopped fruit followed by the bottle of red wine.
4- Stir the fruit and wine mixture. Let stand for a few minutes.
5- Pour in the glass of orange juice (approximately 1-3/4 cup) followed by an equal part of 7-up.
6- Stir sangria mixture and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Pro Tip: When pouring the soda pop into the pitcher, hold the pitcher at a 45-degree angle. By pouring against the side of the pitcher, it won't deplete all the carbonation in the beverage.
Thanks for reading! Comment below with your thoughts and if you try it, let me know what you think.
When I'm not on campus, there is a chance I'm in the kitchen with my daughter. I have a few go-to recipes, many of which she loves to help with. The original purpose of my blog is to catalog my recipes so I can find them easily! When I quickly run out of recipes, we may experiment with some new ones. Hopefully you will find that the recipes are easy and can be recreated by almost anyone.