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Red, White & Blue Sangria

This week my daughter graduated from middle school……

and my littlest graduated from elementary school!

And with that, summer has officially begun in our house!!

My plan this summer is to not have a plan. To be UNDERscheduled. For my kids to actually get insanely bored, and figure out ways to amuse themselves that don’t always involve me taking them places. For playdates to turn into sleepovers, and breakfast to be dinner, and Rocky movie marathons to be viewed from a family room that has been transformed into one giant fort.

We’re looking forward to weekends away by lake and ocean, summer baseball and lacrosse, frisbee in the yard and evenings hanging out on our deck with friends and family. Good old fashioned summer fun!!

Next week we head to the Cape to visit friends for the 4th, and I’ll be bringing a batch of sangria for the beach. So easy to whip up and the perfect refreshment on a hot summer’s day!

1 bottle dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio are perfect)
1/2 cup Chambord (raspberry liqueur), Grand Marnier or Triple Sec (orange liqueurs)*
1 tablespoon fine (confectionary) sugar
1 pint strawberries, plus more for garnish
1 pint blueberries, plus more for garnish
To prepare:
Slice strawberries and set aside.
Wash blueberries, pour into a bowl and gently press down on them with a measuring cup or drinking glass. You don’t want to completely squash them, just break the skins a bit so all that delicious blueberry juice can seep out.
Add strawberries to the bowl, followed by Chambord or Grand Marnier and confectionary sugar. Give them a good mix and let marinate for a few minutes while you clean up.
Put the drunken fruit into an airtight container and add the wine.

Refrigerate for at least an hour, optimally overnight, and up to 3 days.
On the off-chance you have any sangria left after 3 days, remove the fruit and refrigerate.
To serve:
Scoop some of the drunken fruit into the bottom of a wine glass. (I like to strain all the fruit out and set it in a dish beside the sangria. It’s easier to get the fruit this way. The marinated fruit is quite tasty I might add!)
On top of the fruit, add some ice.
Pour the sangria over the ice and add a cute garnish.
Cheers, to a happy summer ahead!!
I can hardly believe it, but it’s already the end of June! You know what that means……
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Loi Thai, Tone on Tone

Friday 27th of June 2014

I'm popping over after seeing your sangria on Kris' site. It looks so festive and refreshing! Thinking of making it for a party we are hosting at our home in Maine. Cheers!PS - Beautiful family!


Friday 27th of June 2014

Congratulations to your children! You have a beautiful family! Your drink looks so refreshing. I'd love to sip on something like that right about now.

Vel Criste

Friday 27th of June 2014

Congratulations to your daughter and to you guys! You have a gorgeous family Lisa! Wish I could drink that sangria NOW, but I can wait for this until next summer. :-) CHEERS!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home

Friday 27th of June 2014

How festive...I have to try this!


Friday 27th of June 2014

yummy! Pino Grigio and fruit?! Perfect combo! Thanks for sharing!!!! Pinned this one!! xo, Emily