During the summer growing up, my mom would invite her friends and their families over, whip together a few yummy looking dip trays and mix up a big pitcher of sangria. I remember thinking how cool it would be to be an adult because their beverages had fruit inside of them. Silly or not, drinking a beverage with fruit in it is super fun and playful – as all things should be in the summertime. Today, I’m sharing my favorite way to mix up a pitcher of sangria as well as offering additional fruit combinations and additions. You’ll want to save this post for later, I promise.
My favorite fruit to eat during the summer is a raspberry. On Instagram, I talked about how I scored a really fresh box of raspberries on a recent shopping trip to Aldi and thought they would be perfect for sangria. As I mentioned in my post about my favorite wines, I love a Riesling. They lean more on the sour and dry sides and I find them incredibly refreshing. To balance out the sourness of the wine I thought I could add raspberries and white peaches.
To get as much sweetness and flavor out of the raspberries, I muddled them with a wooden spoon directly in the pitcher. Muddling is essentially smushing the berries with the spoon so that they break apart a little bit. It also releases the raspberry juices which will give the wine a hint of raspberry flavor.
I sliced up two white peaches and tossed them onto of the muddled raspberries. Since peaches are a pit fruit, it can be hard to get all of the flesh off of the pit. I recommend sitting the peach on the nub part (where the stem comes from) and cutting all four sides off. If you cut down on one side and hit the pit, that’s not a problem. Wiggle your knife so it angles outwards and your knife will find the end of the pit. Once you do that, don’t forget about the top of the peach (opposite the stem side). Cut that part off and slice it as well. All you do is add the wine – voila!
One bottle of Riesling white wine, chilled
2 peaches, sliced
1 cup of fresh raspberries
- Dump the raspberries into the bottom of your pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon.
- Add the sliced peaches and mix together.
- Pour the entire bottle of wine over the fruit and stir. The fruit will rise to the top.
- Store in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving so the fruit flavors have time to develop.
- Serve in wine glasses, serving the fruit inside of each glass.
If you are looking to dilute the wine in your pitcher here are some of my recommendations:
- 20 oz of Sprite or 7Up
- 2 cans of a flavored sparkling water (use the same flavor as one of the fruits you use)
- Fruit-flavored soda (i.e. Izze)
Here are some other fruit combinations:
- Red Grapefruit and red grapes
- Lady Alice apples and strawberries
- Blackberries and blueberries
- Strawberries and blueberries
- Limes and strawberries
What is your favorite beverage to drink at summer get-togethers?