Everyone loves a fruity summertime drink and blush wine margaritas are the best kind. Today, we’re teaching you how to make sangria.
All you need are a handful of ingredients, your favorite blush wine, and a refrigerator. Follow our directions and your drink will be the talk of the town. Irrespective of why you’re hosting guests, this fruity cocktail will be a delightful addition to the menu.
There are a lot of different ways to make sangria but we’ve found that the best results comes by using a combination of the following:
- Orange, strawberries, and lemon
- Blush wine
- Sparkling water (optional)
- Mint (optional)
All versions of sangria use two types of alcohol: blush wine and one other kind. The second one can either be brandy or grand marnier, and while we recommend the former, there are several recipes that use the latter.
Cognac is a high quality brandy used to make sangria. If you have that, use it. However, if you want to have a higher end option, you can use grand marnier which is basically just a mix of brandy and orange liquor.
Start by cutting up your fruit and mixing it with sugar in a large pitcher. When chopping the orange, leave the skin on. Slice the strawberries into 2 to 4 pieces depending on how big the fruit is. A few sprinkles of sugar is enough.
Leave the mixture to stand at room temperature for half an hour. The fruits will break down and release a lot of flavor which will make a richer sangria than you would have had otherwise.
Then add the blush wine and brandy and stir to mix everything well. Refrigerate your drink for two to three hours and you’ve got a delicious cocktail.
Pour the sangria into chilled iced filled glasses and add fruit to each glass.
This Spanish beverage is perfect for summer entertaining. Whether you’re putting together a big housewarming or an intimate pool party, you can serve blush sangria and expect your guests to have a great time.
Don’t let the sangria sit for more than four hours or the fruits will start to get soggy and the flavor will fade. So this isn’t a drink you can make the night before to save time. It needs to be prepared a couple of hours before your event.
You can top off your glass with a little soda water if you want a bubbly effervescence. It’ll make your cocktail even more refreshing.
All the best sangrias have a lot of fruit in them. This creates the lightest and most refreshing flavors. You don’t want to waste it, though. So serve the drink with skewers. Your guests can eat the fruit left over in their glasses with them and have the perfect desert.
This sangria recipe serves 6 people and has 151 calories per serving. It has an especially high vitamin C content and can meet up to 51% of your daily required value.
Sangria isn’t the only cocktail you can make with blush wine. The delicate light wine can be used to make a wide array of drinks, each more delicious than the next. Although, very few can compete with the freshness offered by a fruit filled sangria.
The first cocktail on our list was created by Amanda Jones from Treadwell Park, New York City. It offers the perfect blend of the fruity and floral aspects of blush wines.
- Blush wine
- White rum
- Rhubarb bitters
- Rosé liqueur
- Orange liqueur
- Pomegranate liqueur
- Lemon juice
- Orange peel (optional)
This cocktail is super simple. All you need to do is add all the ingredients except seltzer into a shaker. Add a couple of cubes of ice and pour your drink into a chilled wine glass. Add ice and top off your cocktail with the seltzer.
You can choose to garnish your drink with an orange peel if you want to. It will add to the flavor and aesthetic to your drink. However, it is a completely optional step so you can skip it if you don’t have oranges and don’t want to get any.
This cocktail combines sweet and bubbly to make the perfect drink for warm summer afternoons. Margaritas generally have a lot of potential for playful variations and twists because you can customize it according to what you like. The strawberry basil margarita embodies that idea.
Adding strawberries and basil to dry sparkling margaritas creates a fantastic drink. If you don’t want to get a high priced dry blush wine from Provence, you can work with a supermarket pink bubbly and use raspberries instead.
Lower quality rosés tend to be super sweet and adding strawberries to them will create an overpoweringly sweet drink. Raspberries have less sugar so you don’t have to worry about a super sugary margarita.
- Strawberry-basil infused tequila
- Lime juice
- Agave syrup
- Sparkling blush wine
- Lime wheels
- Rose salt
If you can’t find strawberry-basil infused tequila, you can make it at home by mixing sliced strawberries, fresh basil leaves, and blanco tequila in a jar. Put the jar in the fridge for 4 days and shake it every day. Strain out the solids and you have your tequila.
You can also make rose salt at home. Add dried rose buds and sea salt in a 1 to 4 ratio in a mortar. Gently grind them until you have a fine powder. Spread out the product on a plate so you can rim your glasses.
The rest of the recipe is quite simple and quick. Combine the agave syrup, lime juice, and tequila in a punch bowl. Add cubed ice and stir the bowl. Pour in your sparkling blush wine and add garnishes.
Rim punch glasses with rose salt to add flavor and aesthetic.
While red and white sangria is more reputable, blush sangria is quite delicious. You could argue that it is one of the most underrated cocktails out there. Follow our simple recipe and you’ll have an excellent drink to serve your guests.
If you want a variety of cocktails, you can make a rosé all day or strawberry basil margarita. Both are great refreshing drinks perfect for summertime get-togethers.
The former is a fruity and floral drink while the latter is best described as the ideal balance between sugar and bubbles.
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