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Summer Sangria

August 18, 2011

Sangria, one of the tastiest beverages on a hot summer day, yet always so expensive when you go out to eat. Bertucci’s why don’t you take a page from Tasca’s book and offer $5.00 pitchers of sangria? I’ve come up with a tasty homemade recipe that also helps you out if you have any fruit about to spoil.

Summer Sangria

1 bottle red wine (I have found Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Shiraz work best)
A few cups of Club Soda (I usually use half a 33 oz bottle)
1 Orange
1 Lemon
1 Lime
1 Apple (non granny smith variety, I like Fujis)
Cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup Sugar

Basically add all the ingredients to a big pitcher or carafe, mix up and little, chill for at least 2 hours but up to 24 (the longer the better) and serve over ice. Do be careful if your sangria vessel is airtight, once you mix things up, open it to let out the gas from the club soda.


For a little fun after you have enjoy all the sangria, pour some vodka (or gin if you are my dad) over the fruit, allow to steep for 24 hours, and then enjoy pink vodka. After this little adventure, we went to a vodka and gin distillery to learn about making alcohol. Fun fact if you want to infuse alcohol with a flavor, don’t use the fruit you already infused sangria with! Distillery pictures to come!


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