Red Wine Summer Sangria (and Sangria Slushies!)

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.

Fantastic Mimosa Recipe

Fantastic Mimosa Recipe
Fantastic Mimosa Recipe


Recipe by: Adapted from Inspired Taste
Yield: 1 pitcher of Mimosas (8 servings)

This is my favorite Mimosa recipe! Serve a big pitcher of Mimosas at brunch for a bright, fresh zing!

1 (750 mL) bottle of Prosecco, chilled
1/2 cup Triple Sec, chilled
3 cups (plus a smidge) pulp-free orange juice (I used a regular sweetened version), chilled
orange slices and raspberries for garnish

Make sure all of the ingredients are well chilled. Not long before serving, pour the champagne into the pitcher first. Add Triple Sec and then add orange juice. Adding the orange juice last will naturally mix the mixture so you don’t have to stir and lose bubbliness. Add the orange slices and chill the mixture until ready to serve. To serve, pour into a champagne flute and add a few raspberries for color. Keep the pitcher chilled between rounds.

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