Oh, summer time. The weather is warm, you have no idea what day it is, your dinners are grilled and enjoyed on the back patio – some of my favorite things about summer.
One of our favorite drinks to enjoy during the season is sangria. Rob and I had it for the first time on a family trip to Rome a few years ago. We left our apartment in search of a fun evening atmosphere and to enjoy a good meal. We came upon the canal in the city and it was lined with outdoor restaurants with people sitting out on the sidwalk enjoying fresh pasta, live music and singing and an open market where you could buy local goods from merchants. I remember it being the PERFECT night as the weather was just right – the sun was just setting in a cotton candy pinky orange sky and being in the city with my family had me with a smile on my face. The food coming from the restaurants smelled amazing and people were out laughing, eating and enjoying themselves. We settled in at a restaurant that looked promising. The kids ordered orange Fanta (they LOVE getting it when we travel) and Rob and I ordered a carafe of sangria. And it was SO good! The idea of mixing red wine and yummy, juicy fruit was a new idea to us. I’m not sure how we had never heard of it before but for real, we’re glad we did.
Since we can’t hop onto a plane anytime we want a glass of sangria, we’ve played around with making it here at home. Rob has perfected his sangria over the years and while we’ve enjoyed every pitcher he’s made, we think we’ve come upon his best batch. And I want to share it with you! It’s very easy to make. You’ll want to make a pitcher of it in the morning and let it sit in your fridge for 5-6 hours (the longer the better) to let the wine and juices from the fruit mix together. Hallelujah!
Let me know if you make this delicious sangria and how you like it! And invite us over so that we can share it with you!
Rob’s Summer Sangria
- 1 750ml bottle of red wine (we’ve used rosé or white wine in the past but we find our favorite base ia a red blend wine. Apothic is a favorite.)
- 1 cup of Leblon Cachaça (this is a Brazilian rum. You can use this rum also to make the famous Brazilian Caipirinha, another favorite of ours. You can find this at Bevmo or Total Wine.)
- 1 cup of grapfruit juice (fresh or store bought is fine)
- about 2 cups of sliced/chopped fruit. We like to do a mix of fruit. We’ve used pineapple chunks, sliced strawberries, blueberries and cherries….anything we have on hand really. We also add in sliced limes, oranges or grapefruit.
Gather your fruit and put it into your pitcher. Pour wine, cachaça and grapefuit juice onto the fruit. Mix it up real good. Pop it into the refrigerator for at least 5 hours (overnight if you want to prep it ahead of time). Once it’s ready, pour it into a highball or wine glass that is filled with ice and enjoy! Make sure you get some of that fruit into the glass….it’s SO good!