Fruity Sangria

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I decided to make my own sangria last weekend to go along with our Parking Lot Chicken. I’m not a big wine drinker at all. When I’m in the wine isle, I wish they had a category that was labeled “Newbie Wine.”  It’s not that I don’t really like it, I just like it super sweet. No dry stuff please! And I prefer red over white. Same with grapes. I’ll pass on the green, but black and red are my favorite so I guess it makes sense that I’d prefer sweet red. I’ve bought bottles of sangria before and they were ok, but I wanted mine to be more fruity – as in fruit soaked in it and floating all through it and needing a spoon at the end to scoop out the fruit and enjoy. I wanted mine to be fizzy. Bottled Sangria lacks fizz so that’s a big downer for me. I searched Pinterest and found a few recipes that seemed on line with what I was looking for. As the check out lady checked my ID at the grocery store, scanning my items, I told her about my plans to make sangria and how excited I was to make it. I do love the grocery store!

This recipe is based on a recipe for Sparkling Fruit Sangria by Sallysbakingaddiction.com.  She has all kinds of different Sangria recipes on there. One creative blog! I just went with a more basic sangria. I’m already thinking of what kind I’ll try next . . .

If you want a non alcoholic version of my fruity sangria, I’ve included that too. Of course, I had to make my girls little fun fruity drinks to match our grown up drinks.

Fruity Sangria

Ingredients:

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1 Bottle of either white or red wine. I chose a sweet red wine by Barefoot.

1 Bottle of champagne. I chose a blush champagne.

Fruit of your choice – I used sliced lemon, frozen blueberries, sliced strawberries, sliced nectarine, and sweet cherries with pits removed.

Ratio of wine to champagne is 1:1, so try to keep the bottles the same size if you are going to be using all of it. I just made half a batch. Thank goodness for screw on resealable champagne bottles! When did those come around? I was surprised to find this. I’m not sure if and how long it will keep the champagne’s bubbles, but it can’t hurt.

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Add desired fruit into your pitcher. Save back some of the fruit for each glass.

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Pour wine over the fruit in the pitcher and stir. Chill this wine/fruit in the fridge for at least an hour before serving to let the fruit really soak and flavor the wine.

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Just before serving, add a little fruit to each glass.

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Pop the champagne and pour this in the pitcher with the wine and soaked fruit.

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Pour the sangria into each glass, scooping a little soaked fruit into each glass with a spoon. Add a few ice cubes to each glass if needed.

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For non alcoholic version

Ingredients:

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Fruit Juice – I used a Blueberry Pomegranate blend

Ginger Ale or some type of citrus soda

Fruit of your choice – I used sliced lemon, frozen blueberries, sliced strawberries, sliced nectarine, and sweet cherries with pits removed.

Directions:

Add fruit to pitcher and pour fruit juice over top. Let this soak in the fridge for an hour or so. Or if you are not making a big batch, you could just pour the juice directly into each glass like I did.

Add a little fruit to each glass and then pour the refrigerated juice with fruit into each glass about 1/2 way.

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Just before serving, top each glass with ginger ale or any fruit or clear soda.

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Enjoy!


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