It’s summer, and if you live in Florida, it’s HOT. Personally, I love the heat. And I love sitting on my lanai after the afternoon rain, sipping on sangria with a book in my hand. There’s no better way to remind myself that I live in paradise.

Eric taught me how to make his famous sangria. Once again it worked out perfectly. He did the chopping and mixing and I took pictures. Teamwork is so much more fun than cooking alone.

I was sampling an old batch of sangria while we worked. If the pictures are a little crooked… now you know why. If they’re the best you’ve ever seen… now you know why.

Here’s Eric’s version of sangria. It’s quite tasty.

Pretend there's orange soda in this picture.


  • 1 Pint of Strawberries
  • Tablespoon of Sugar
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Orange
  • 2 Bottles of Beringer White Zinfandel
  • 1 Small Can of Pineapple Tidbits in pineapple juice
  • 2 Cups Orange Soda
  • 1 Cup Orange Liqueur (Grand Imperial)

First, prepare the strawberries. Cut off the stem, hull and macerate them. Macerate is a fancy word for adding sugar and letting them soften in a bowl.

Let the strawberries sit for an hour or until juices form.

Cut the apple into small pieces.

Pour the apple, pinapple tidbits with their juice and strawberries into a large pitcher.

Add the two bottles of wine.

Finally, add the the orange liqueur, orange soda, and orange slices. Eric likes to add the orange slices after the sangrai is poured into a glass. He says it’s more “visually appealing.” It’s up to you. Add them to the glasses or the pitcher.


Eric’s note: This is really, really tasty and you can increase the Grand Imperial if you like your sangria with a little more kick. In Europe, sangria is much more alcoholic – but this is a lovely light version that sneaks up on you much like your children leaving for college (*sniff*).

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Comments to "Summertime Sangria"

  1. Joanna

    May 27, 2012

    Wow, I love Sangria, and yes, here it is a pretty potent summer tipple, that I often serve prior to lighting the BBQ! This recipe looks quite superior to what I normally do, so will have to give it a try! Cheers!

  2. kdrausin

    May 29, 2012

    It’s one of my favorites. Hope you like it:)

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