If you’re anything like me, you have a love affair with wine that’s like none other. White, blush, red, dry, bitter, sweet – it doesn’t matter, I love them all. I’m “that person” when you’re dining out at a restaurant that makes wine recommendations from the wine list based on what dish you ordered.
And, though wine is fabulous all by itself, it’s even better when you mix it with other things to make a delightful drink called a sangria. Sangria comes in all kinds, with every imaginable wine as a base. The traditional sangria began with a red wine, but many restaurants offer at least 3 different sangria varieties on their cocktail menu, with a ton of different flavor profiles. Overwhelmingly, however, sangrias usually have a citrus or berry undertone.
Since sangria is a great entertaining drink similar to punch, this recipe will be for a full pitcher of it. So, in a large glass pitcher, combine 1 bottle of a berry-based wine (I like JazzBerry by Boordy Vineyards, but there are loads of other berry wineries out there!) along with 1 cup of tripe sec and 2 cups of Dole Strawberry-Orange-Banana juice. Add 3 sliced kiwi fruits, 1 sliced lemon, and about a cup of fresh strawberries (capped). Stir to combine and let sit in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. (The longer it sits, the more the fruit will ferment into the wine!)
Once you’re ready to serve, add two cans (or about 2 and 1/2 cups) of your favorite clear soda. Sprite is good for not adding a lot of extra flavor, but Fresca makes several varieties of fruity sodas that will give it an extra kick! Serve in sangria or wine glasses and garnish with additional fresh fruit.
Berry Kiwi Sangria
Yield: about 8-10 servings
1 bottle berry-based wine
1 cup triple sec
2 cups Dole strawberry-orange-banana juice
3 kiwi fruits, peeled and sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup fresh strawberries, capped
2 cans or 2 & 1/2 cups of clear soda
1) In a large glass pitcher, combine fruit, wine, triple sec, and juice. Stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
2) Just before serving, add soda to pitcher. Stir lightly and serve in sangria glasses or wine glasses filled with ice and garnished with fresh fruit.