Before Mike and I got married we used to buy ingredients for Citrus Sangria and make it all of the time. One summer I think we were making it and having friends over to enjoy it with us almost every night. We had just moved into our own apartment. I remember we had this galley kitchen with a bar and we would line it up with all of the ingredients so everyone could make their own glass as we huddled around. It was a sangria buffet. I think one of those nights lead to our first child.
The other night Mike called me and told me to pick up a bottle of wine on my way home from work. I had to go by the grocery store for dinner ingredients anyways and when I passed the produce isle of limes and lemons I was reminded of our Summer Sangria. I grabbed what I needed for dinner and all of the Sangria fixins’ to surprise him. We got the kids to bed and enjoyed a glass of Sangria. As I took my second sip I told Mike I needed to blog the recipe and he agreed.
Every time I go to a party or restaurant that is serving Sangria it always has berries in it. I love berries but this Sangria hits the spot on a hot summer day! Slice up a few lemon, limes and oranges and make a big batch or let everyone create their own. Make a large glass in an insulated cup and your ready for the pool!
The Sweeter the Better
I’m not sure why we started adding a dash of sugar but it has become part of our recipe and I can’t make a glass of Sangria without it. Of course this art is completely optional. I prefer sweet drinks, coffee with my sugar and crunchy sweet tea so it comes a no surprise I would add sugar.
A recipe for Citrus Sangria by-the-glass.
- 2 parts white zinfandel
- 1 part lemon-lime soda
- 1 lime cut into wedges
- 1 lemon cut into wedges
- 1 orange cut into wedges
- 1 tsp sugar optional
Squeeze 1 lime wedge, 1 lemon wedge and 1 orange wedge into a glass with ice and then toss the wedges in.
Fill the glass with two parts white zinfandel and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
Mix the ingredient by pouring back and fourth between two glasses. Fill up the final glass and top off with 1 part lemon-lime soda. Add another wedge of fruit as a garnish and serve.
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