Happy Fourth of July, guys!
Wishing you a healthy, happy holiday with your family and friends (and some amazing food!).
While Independence Day is the #1 Beer Drinking holiday (thank you, morning news!), there are many of us who also enjoy a cocktail with our BBQ favorites. While I love a good margarita or a John Daly cocktail, nothing beats a cold glass of sangria on a hot summer evening!
I first fell in love with sangria when I went to my friend’s college apartment in Canada my senior spring break of college. I remember her taking out a big pitcher and combining red wine, lemon-lime soda, and tons of sliced apples, oranges, and peaches. While I liked the wine-soda mixture, I completely fell in love with the boozy fruit at the bottom of the glass. If you run into me at a summer party serving sangria, I am the person whose glass is 10% wine and 90% fruit (sorry, not sorry!). I love how the fruit has a refreshing, boozy edge – it’s a snack and a cocktail all in one!
This year, I wanted to celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun sangria that had all the colors of the American flag. And it could not have been easier to make. Make a big pitcher for your cookout tonight and have a blast with your family and friends.
**but as always, please drink responsibly!!**
The sangria starts with the red component.
I grabbed some fresh watermelon (about a quarter of a medium-sized seedless one), cut it into half-inch slices. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, I cut out a bunch of watermelon stars. I popped them into a large pitcher.
Now we need blue!
I added in a bunch of fresh blueberries.
Now this is a small stretch for the white component.
I poured in a whole bottle of DRY rosé wine (I know, it’s actually pink). And then I splashed in a little bit of Grand Marnier.
And to top the whole thing off, I added in a little dry prosecco (because what is a party without bubbles!).
I poured the sangria into glasses and added a liberal amount of fruit.
Definitely a cocktail perfect to usher in America’s 241th birthday!
Have an awesome day, everyone!
- ¼ of a medium-sized seedless watermelon, sliced half-inch thick
- ½ pint of blueberries
- 1 bottle of dry rosé wine
- 2 tablespoons of Grand Mariner
- 6oz dry prosecco (a normal split of prosecco)
- Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out star shapes in from the watermelon slices. Pop the stars into the bottom of a picture.
- Add in the blueberries, rosé wine, and Grand Marnier. Stir to combine.
- Pour over the prosecco and stir.
- Pour the sangria into glasses and garnish with the fruit. Please enjoy responsibly!