We are in full-swing summer mode over here, prepping early for the 4th of July with this very festive and patriotic red-white-and-blue sangria made with Moscato — a deliciously sweet white wine.
Now, you may notice this sangria has a tint of red. Well, that’s because I added a splash of juice. I like to keep things simple and juice is a really easy way to sweeten your sangria while also adding some extra flavor to the mix. I chose to use cranberry juice because that’s what I had, but you could really use any juice OR any carbonated beverage if you like bubbles! I’ve used fresca, seltzer water, white grape juice… you obviously get a different flavor each time, but it’s fun to try something new! So, don’t be afraid to try different combinations here.
You can also mix up your fruits. I choose blueberries, strawberries and honey dew melon for the red, white and blue effect. But you could also use pomegranate seeds, cherries, raspberries, etc for the red… black berries for a (dark) blue, and dragon fruit or pineapple for the “white.” Close enough, right? We’re going for the overall Americana vibe here so a little creative liberty is totally acceptable. ?
The thing I love about Sangria vs. other cocktails is that you can make a GIANT batch the night before and it’s ready to go for your party, barbecue, get together, ladies night, whatever. It’s great for serving a crowd. I don’t recommend putting it in a decanter because the fruit can clog the spout. I really love how sangria looks in a simple glass pitcher so that’s what I typically opt for. They also make plastic pitchers if you have rowdy guest, ha!
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You will need a melon baller to get nice round balls of melon or you can simple cut the melon into chunks. If you want to get super fancy, you can use a small star fruit and vegetable cutter to cut your melon chunks into stars. I’m not that motivated ? but I’ve seen it done and it is really cute!
This a beverage is for adults 21+. To make virgin, eliminate wine and vodka and just use a combination of juices or try making a batch using kombucha.