OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASEVERAL YEARS AGO, my sister gave me a funky plastic pitcher and wine glass set for my birthday. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to use it to serve sangria and happen to have a friend with a very delicious, and  very lethal sangria recipe.

Fun Fact: Although Sangria was first created in Spain a hundred years before Christ, it did not officially make it to the US until the 1964 World’s Fair. I was not alive to see it, but I’m sure Americans were very welcoming, and greeted this new drink with open arms…and empty glasses.

My pitcher has a lid with a straining grate which helps catch fruit and ice when pouring, but traditional sangria pitchers have a pinched pour spout for this very reason. They can be made of glass or pottery; this one from LaTienda.com is absolutely beautiful and was even made in Spain. If you prefer a clear pitcher to show off the gorgeous color, I think this plastic Go Anywhere Decanter by GoVino is such a cute, unexpected idea to use for sangria, plus the matching glasses fit perfectly in your hand with the little divot for your thumb to rest. There is also a set which includes one decanter and one wine glass (think H20–perfect for a guest or pool bath,) and would make a fantastic wedding or housewarming gift!

Honestly, you don’t really need a recipe when making Sangria; just mix wine and fruit juices together with fresh fruit. I have tried and served this recipe though many times before, and it is always complemented. (Score!) I think the sprite is a fun addition–the carbonation cuts the sweetness of the juices and makes for a truly great flavor.

Make some, sit by the pool, (or inside in the AC) and enjoy. We did!

Ciao for now-Lauren

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Kimmy J’s Lethal Sangria

Ingredients: Measurements:
Pineapple juice 1 cup
Lemon juice 1/4 cup
Apple juice 1/4 cup
Diet Sprite 2 cups
Riesling 1 750 ml Riesling
Triple sec 1/4 cup
Apple-flavored vodka 1 cup
2 Oranges, separated Cut in half, then quartered
2 Apples, separated Cut into wedges
2 Limes, separated Cut in half, then quartered
Bamboo Skewers 4-6

 

In a large pitcher or bowl, combine all liquid and half of fruit. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to serve. Spear remaining fruit with bamboo skewers for garnish. Serve in a clear pitcher or punch bowl with lots of ice.

 

 

 

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