It wouldn’t be a 4th of July cookout without a fresh fruit sangria! A simple, slightly sweet drink (…or pitcher) is the perfect way to cool off when you are outside celebrating with friends and family. For this recipe, we will turn a classic, crispy white wine into a refreshing white wine fruit sangria.
The first thing that I wanted to do was create a light, flavored base for the sangria. I used a Riesling wine, but wanted to add a bit of bubbles and bang with a flavored soda water. Typically, a ginger ale may be added. I tested a few favorites, including lingonberry/apple, raspberry/blackberry, cherry/lime and strawberry lemonade soda waters. The lingonberry/apple was a quick pick from my last Ikea trip and ended up giving a great taste, but a bit too much sweet apple for my liking in this recipe. I will certainly use it in a cocktail later on, though.
I opted for the raspberry/blackberry since it was a bit more calm and refreshing and less of a sweet syrup flavor than the other candidates. This should be simple to find, as most every grocery store carries flavored soda water.
Since I had some strawberries in the freezer from making it out to pick at a local berry farm (check out the Strawberry Cinnamon Chip Scones for more of those), I used those along with some local blueberries to give the drink a shiny 4th sparkle. The frozen strawberries keep a great chill to the sangria, too.
Since people are typically familiar with a 5th of liquor, I thought I would brand this sweet concoction with the name 4th of Wine Sangria. A fifth of alcohol actually gets it’s name for 1/5 of a gallon. That is how booze was delivered back in the day before the switch to the metric milliliters measurement. A 4th of a gallon comes out to 4 cups. Handy, eh? 4 cups of your favorite Riesling will do the job perfectly to make this sangria your new party favorite.
Have a great 4th celebration, y’all!
Enjoy time with friends and family.
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