Red Wine Summer Sangria

Red Wine Summer Sangria (and Sangria Slushies)

Recipe by: Slightly adapted from Bobby Flay, with a slushy spin inspired by Dessert for Two’s wine slushies
Yield: 8 servings

It’s summertime, and that means ice cold cocktails on the patio! This sangria is kickin’ and fruity. Mike and I enjoyed it (and sangria slushies!) on the balcony with snacks.

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2 bottles red wine (I used this article from The Kitchn to choose Garnacha and Tempranillo)
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pomegranate juice
Orange slices
Apple slices
Pomegranate seeds (I skipped these)

Make simple syrup by heating the water and sugar together over high heat in a small saucepan, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour into a separate dish and allow to cool completely (I stick mine in the fridge after a bit to hurry it along.)

Pour the cooled simple syrup, wine, brandy, triple sec, orange juice, pomegranate juice all into a huge pitcher (mine was too small, which led to lots of spillover when I added the fruit.) Stir to mix. Add the fruit and stir gently. Cover tightly and store 24 hours in the fridge before serving to let all the flavors meld.

For slushies: Put about 2 cups of your finished sangria (with fruit strained out) into an ice cream machine for around 25 minutes. It takes longer to freeze than regular ice cream or sorbet because of the high alcohol content. Spoon your slush into a shallow bowl or cake pan and stick it in the freezer for 30 minutes, stirring/scraping every 10 minutes or so, or until it’s the consistency you want. Transfer to glasses and serve with sangria-soaked fruit on top!

Pro-tip: To keep sangria cold without watering it down, pour some of your sangria into ice cube molds after making it and freeze overnight as your sangria chills. These ice cubes come out adorable and can double as boozy popsicles.

9 Comments on Red Wine Summer Sangria (and Sangria Slushies!)

  1. DessertForTwo
    June 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm (7 years ago)

    This sounds amazing! I was That Kid too, but it was that I didn’t feel like I should have to wear a bra. I’ve always been a free spirit hehe

    Thanks for linking 🙂

  2. Librarian Lavender
    June 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm (7 years ago)

    This recipe looks really great! I had pajama like clothes when I was younger. The hoodies had matching pants and they looked exactly like sleep wear. I was never sent home, but I did look weird a lot of times. I want to redo the last two years of high school, but definitely not the ones before. Thanks for writing this great and honest post!

  3. Luisa
    June 23, 2014 at 1:13 am (7 years ago)

    The sangria slushies sound fantastic and I can’t wait to try them. I appreciate your sharing your high school story with us. It’s a very difficult time for a lot of folks, isn’t it? If you looked at my high school yearbooks, you would think that I had a great time because of all the things I did and because I was always smiling in pictures, but it was a false front; the opposite was true. I was very sad and lost and self -destructive, largely due to issues at home. Eventually things improved when I went away to college, but you never forget how those years felt. Sometimes the kids who look like they have it all going on are in pretty bad shape, too. Thanks for being brave and telling your story, and for making me feel that it was okay to tell mine.

  4. Amy | Club Narwhal
    June 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm (7 years ago)

    Like you (and lots of other folks) I had a rough time in high school but I love that you are a teacher now and can fully relate to all those kids going through the craziness that is coming of age/adolescence. And I had to laugh at the teacher karma for the PJ pants! I’ve had a few of those as well but mostly I feel like, hey, they came to school! Go them! High school can be such a lonely time and I’m glad you had Mike right there to help life seem better–and I bet it’s even better now that you can watch Star Trek AND drink together 🙂

  5. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel
    June 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm (7 years ago)

    I love the slushie idea!! How great!! It’s already over 100 degrees where I live so sangria slushies sound like an AWESOME treat!! 🙂

  6. Jenny @ BAKE
    June 27, 2014 at 11:30 am (7 years ago)

    I am a little jealous of people who can look back on highschool as the best time, though I can’t say I went through anything as tough as you did. This sangria looks incredible! yay to being above the legal drinking age 😉


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