Patio season would not be complete without a pitcher of sangria. With this recipe, there is no need to buy an expensive bottle of red wine- you can find cheap table wines in the liquor store (typically in the “Spain/Portugal Wine” section) that will work perfectly for this recipe. After you add the fruit and liquor and let it sit for a few hours, no one will be able to taste the difference! The only thing they will taste is the sweet and fruity flavour of #PatioSeason.
Servings: 1 pitcher (6-8 servings)
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 6 hours
- 1 750-ml bottle red table wine
- 1 cup Triple Sec (orange liqueur)
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved (or quartered if they are large)
- 1/2 apple, thinly sliced
- 1/2 orange, thinly sliced
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries (my mix has blueberries, blackberries and raspberries), plus more for serving
- 15 mint leaves, whole, plus extra for garnish
- Sparking water
- Optional: Vanilla ice cream (see my Pro Tip below)
This recipe couldn’t get any easier. Place the red wine, Triple Sec, orange juice, strawberries, apple, orange, mixed berries and mint leaves into a large pitcher. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon, cover, and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight. The longer the sangria sits in the refrigerator, the tastier it gets!
When you are ready to serve, give the sangria a quick stir with the wooden spoon and pour into glasses about 3/4 of the way full. Top with extra frozen berries (to keep your drink cool and to not dilute the flavour!), a sprig of mint, and a bit of sparking water.
Sip with friends and family on the patio and enjoy!
Pro Tip: A great use for leftover sangria fruit is to add it as a topping on vanilla ice cream. Trust me, it’s absolutely delicious and great for warm summer days 🙂