My favorite beach drink for fourth of July celebrations is either a margarita or a glass of light and fruity sangria. It’s best to prep this the day before you want to drink it – and let it rest overnight in the fridge before serving.
What’s your favorite fruit to include in sangria?
- 3 bottles white wine (dry is better – see note)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups brandy (optional)
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- 1 orange, cut into wedges
- 2 apples, cored and diced*
- 1 peach, pitted and diced*
- 1 cup berries (blueberries & strawberries are tasty)*
- 1/2 cup of pineapple, diced*
* Honestly, just use about 2 cups of whatever kind of fruit is about to go bad in your fridge. The key is getting the citrus in there, everything else is personal.
- To start, mix together wine and sugar in a large pitcher or beverage dispenser and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar has dissolved. Add brandy if using.
- Next, add fruit and muddle with a wooden spoon (or muddler).
- Let sangria rest in fridge for at least 2 hours, or make in advance the day before and let it mellow overnight.
- Serve sangria over lots of ice and enjoy!
A note about wine – dry is better, we like a not-too-expensive Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. For the love of god don’t use a Chardonnay.