I don’t know about you, but I hate drinking sangrias that just taste like fruit juice, so if you’re looking for that type of sangria here, look elsewhere!
Try to pick a wine that you would enjoy drinking on its own. I prefer using Zinfandel or Rioja for their big full-bodied flavor. That said, don’t spend a fortune on sangria wine as you’re really going for the big picture here, not the subtle nuances in the wine.
As you’ll see from my recipe below, I prefer my sangria on the sweeter side (what do you expect? I’m a pastry chef: )), but if sweet isn’t your thing, just cut down on the sugar in the recipe to your liking. This is a great summer drink that you can enjoy all season-long. And no, you don’t need writer’s block to warrant an occasion for this sangria (or any drink, for that matter!)
Red Summer Sangria
- Place the red wine in the refrigerator to chill. Wash and pat dry all of the fruit. Hull the strawberries and slice into quarters. Slice the peach, apple and orange into small cubes and pieces. Add the cut fruit including the grapes and blueberries to a large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and toss to coat. Let the fruit marinate for 10 minutes. Pour the red wine over the fruit. Stir and enjoy!