Summer is on it’s way and the days are filled with warmth of the sun. Sangria is always a hit at any backyard venue.
What is sangria one might ask? Well it is a usually a combination of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener and a small amount of brandy. To me it is a socially acceptable late-afternoon libation that finds it’s way periodically into meal time and onto the evening. Not often all in the same day, but sometimes. You have been warned.
There are many different variations that you can make with white wine, red wine, rose wine, fruit juices, and any complimenting liqueurs. I thought about an Italian inspired combination since the dinner plan was for grilled pizza and caesar salad. It was not overly traditional in the ingredients, but still had the base roots of what sangria should be.
The overall result was a pitcher perfect combination that is not overly sweet or tart like some sangria can be. It contains a fruity notes that orchestrate nicely with one another coming together with a red wine base.
So the red wine base is already given away and was the starting point of what was to come. Nothing screams Italian like campari and we have become fans of such thanks to our cocktail king neighbours. With it’s infusion of herbs and fruit it was a natural key player in adding the bones of the overall taste. Carrying on with the fruit inspiration is the apple liqueur that adds a dash of deep warm flavouring in place of the brandy.
Sliced apple, peach and strawberries round out the full fruit flavour with addition to apple juice. Not a traditional choice of sweetener, but the results were fantastic.
I hope your find a relaxing spot with someone special to share a glass or two as this is meant to be a sipping drink that leads to much conversation.
So let the sunshine down and put your feet up and take in the day.
Italian Summer Sangria
Enjoy your summer days and evenings with this delectable Italian sangria.
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 2 oz campari
- 1 oz apple liqueur
- 4 cups apple juice
- 1 apple sliced
- 6 strawberries sliced
- 1 peach sliced
- 1 can carbonated soda water
- Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher with exception to carbonated soda water.
- Let rest in the refrigerator for minimal of 30 minutes.
- Add the carbonated soda water.
*contains alcohol and is intended for those of who have reached minimum drinking age. Please drink responsibly.