Our Favorite Summer Solstice Sangria
I promised to share this yummy sangria for sunny days and it's finally here. I'm a big fan of making Sangria year round. I often switch up the fruits each season or even add a little cinnamon/nutmeg for autumn. This is my own recipe I've been making since university and it was a hit then and it continues to be awesome. Perfect for beach day, nights by the fire, or a get together with friends.
I made a batch of this just for Adam and I during Summer Solstice which is why I have decided to give it a summery name! For summer I like to add in fresh/local that is in season. I picked cherries/raspberries/strawberries/peaches for this batch!
I do have a couple tips/tricks for my Sangria! First, I am not a huge fan of adding brandy. So my version is brandy free! Secondly, I love using a simple syrup to sweeten sangria instead of suagr like other recipes, so I'll be sharing how I make that as well!
- 1 750ml bottle of red wine (I reccomend using a Spanish rioja or something similar!)
- 1 apple, sliced
- 2 oranges, sliced and squeezed
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime. sliced
- 1 cup, your choice of summer berries or other fruit
- Handful of thyme for glasses
- optional: sparkling water or sparkling lemon/lime sparkling water
- garnish with extra orange slices/sliced strawberry
- First, slice and squeeze all the fruit above into a large pitcher.
- Pour one bottle of red wine on top of fruit and mix well.
- On the stove, boil a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water for 5-10 minutes to create a simple syrup. You will use this to sweeten the sangria to your taste.
- Add one cup of sparkling water and half a cup of simple syrup to the pitcher and taste to see if you are ok with the sweetness level! Add more simple syrup if desired. Remeber, the fruit will also sweeten the sangria so don't overdo it!
- Once you are happy with the taste let sangria sit and soak of the fruit flavor. You should let it sit 2-4 hours or overnight if you like.
- Garnish glasses with ice and thyme and pour sangria!
What I love about this recipe is that it is all about making it your own and to your own taste preference! Don't be afraid to make it your own and add in fun things!