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Light Summer Sangria

sangriatraditionalSangria is a great Sunday afternoon drink, but not the sangria that my parents used to make.  The sangria my parents made was a dark, sweet, heavy red wine (something from a jug made by Ernest & Julio Gallo or Inglenook, I’m sure) with sliced up oranges floating in it.

caffedomizianoromeIn movies when you see actors drinking that dark fruity concoction, they’re usually strolling with a lover along a romantic Italian piazza or dancing to sultry calypso music in a tropical locale.  For evening, dark ruby sangria is a fantastic choice but that’s not what I want when it’s hot outside and I need a refreshing drink to cool down.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon I want to sit back and sip on a cool drink that doesn’t overpower me with a heavy alcohol taste and gives me the bonus of something healthy to snack on when the glass is empty.  These lightened up versions of sangria fit the bill perfectly!  #GirlsGoneWine

Sangria Blanco (Compliments of JoCooks)

  • 750 ml dry white wine (1 bottle)sangriablanco
  • 2 cups ginger ale
  • 2 oz cognac
  • 1 lime cut into slices
  • 1/2 pineapple cut into small wedges with skin removed
  • 1 cup strawberries roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime grenadine (Sweetened Lime Juice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups ice

Combine all ingredients into a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir well. Feel free to experiment with different liqueurs and different fruit depending on the season.  Serves 8

Tropical White Sangria (Compliments of Rachael Ray)

  • 2 blood oranges, halved and thinly slicedtropicalwhitesangria
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved or whole
  • 1 mango, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 bottles sauvignon blanc wine, chilled
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and halved

n a 1/2-gal. pitcher, combine the oranges, kiwis, grapes and mango. Stir in the wine and liqueur. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours.

Just before serving, stir in the strawberries.  Serves 8

Either one is a great way to sneak a bit more fruit into your day. 😉

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