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“Simply the Best” Summer Sangria

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This Summer Sangria recipe is made with a variety of seasonal fruits, simple syrup, wine, champagne, and liquor, and is so refreshing. With the combo of sweet fruit, syrup, and booze, it will hit every craving. A summer drink is perfect for enjoying poolside, at a cook-out, or as a way to treat yourself after work. This easy sangria is a must-try for the summer months.

summer sangria with strawberry and kiwi

Schitt’s Creek is one of my newfound joys in life. And if I had to describe the show in one word, it would be just that: joy. Every character on Schitt’s Creek undergoes a journey of finding their own joy. It’s one of the only shows that consistently makes me cry happy tears, and never sad tears. While there are serious moments, the show never wallows in sorrow. It is heartfelt without being preachy or undercutting humor.

And how do I find my joy? One of my favorites ways to find my joy is to watch my favorite shows with homemade snacks themed to that show. And while I would never drink Herb Ertlinger’s fruit wine, or put radishes in my sangria, I made this good sangria in an attempt to feel like I was sipping wine right beside David and Moira. And that is why I call it “simply the best.”

summer sangria in pitcher

But even if you’ve never seen Schitt’s Creek, you can still enjoy this refreshing crowd pleaser drink (and also you should watch Schitt’s Creek, just trust me on this.) And if you want to know where I got the awesome towels featured in these pictures, check out this Etsy shop. I am not affiliated with the shop in any way, I just think they have a great product :).

summer sangria wine and cheese

What do I need to get started?

  • A large pitcher. This makes a lot of sangria!
  • Lots of fruit: strawberries, kiwi’s, and blueberries. Feel free to throw in any other summer fruits.
  • Strawberry Simple Syrup – don’t worry, it’s super easy to make, and I will include the recipe down below.
  • Orange Juice. When I say this, I mean juice squeezed from an orange. Bottled orange juice will work in a pinch, but I prefer to use freshly squeezed. If you prefer a more citrusy taste, you can add in some lemon, orange, and lime.
  • A bottle of white wine. Your preference is fine, but I prefer a sweeter white wine. Red wine is also fine for this if you prefer a darker red sangria.
  • Rum.
  • Triple Sec. This is optional, I just added a touch of it to amp up the orange flavor.
  • Sparkling wine or champagne. Again, this is up to your preference. I used Barefoot Bubbly for an extra fruity flavor.

How do you make summer sangria from scratch?

This sangria is so refreshing and SO easy. You will want it at every summer party this year.

fruit for summer sangria

Take all your prepared fruit and put it in the pitcher. Then add your strawberry simple syrup and orange juice.

orange for summer sangria

Then comes the booze. Add in your rum and triple sec (if using). Give it all a good stir to combine, then add your bottles of wine and champagne. Take a large wooden spoon and stir it all together.

pour wine for sangria
stir summer sangria

How long should you marinate sangria?

Marinate at least 3-4 hours in the fridge before serving. This gives the flavors enough time to meld together.

strawberry sangria

Can I make Summer Sangria ahead of time?

Yes, this can be made ahead of time. I recommend making your simple syrup at least a few hours before to give it time to cool off. And then the actual sangria will need time in the fridge for a few hours, and it can also chill overnight. If you do choose to chill overnight, I recommend removing and discarding the fruit after about 4 hours. The fruit will become bitter and mealy if left too long, lending to an unpleasant taste in your sangria after sitting overnight.

summer sangria with kiwi

When ready to serve, ladle out some of the sangria, and top off with fresh fruit and some extra champagne if you want that fizz!

summer sangria for Pinterest
summer sangria

Summer Sangria

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

This Summer Sangria recipe is made with a variety of seasonal fruits, simple syrup, wine, champagne, and liquor, and is so refreshing. With the combo of sweet fruit, syrup, and booze, it will hit every craving.

Ingredients

Strawberry Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 lb strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Summer Sangria

  • 1/2 lb strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 3 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 lb blueberries
  • 3 oranges, juiced
  • 1 cup rum, your preference
  • 1/2 cup triple sec, optional
  • 1 bottle white wine, your preference
  • 1 bottle champagne or sparkling wine, your preference

Instructions

Strawberry Simple Syrup

  1. Take water, sugar, and strawberries and place in a sauce pan. Melt together over the stovetop, until sugar is completely dissolved. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for at least 10 minutes, or until the strawberries are very mushy and about to fall apart.
  2. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then strain through a mesh sieve, pushing the strawberries down with a spoon to get as much juice as possible. The strawberries should be a pile of mush at this point.
  3. Discard the strawberries, then put the syrup in the fridge to cool.

Summer Sangria

  1. Place all your fruit in your serving pitcher. Then add in orange juice and strawberry simple syrup.
  2. Add in your rum, triple sec, and wine. Top off with champagne or sparkling wine.
  3. Give everything a good stir together, then let chill in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight. If chilling overnight, remove fruit after 4 hours.
  4. Serve with some fizzling champagne and fresh berries.
Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

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