Last summer, Matt and I started making sangria. (Maybe for a cookout? Or just for dinner? It’s hard to remember.) We looked at a lot of recipes and tried quite a few things, but in the end, we found that the secret was …
… to use a sweet wine.
We usually use Moscato, but I think Reisling would be really good, too. We got the idea because Matt’s mom had a bottle of Moscato that no one in Matt’s family wanted to drink. So I suggested that we use it for sangria and leave out the extra sugar, since the wine was already sweet. And it was delicious.
My favorite thing about sangria is that you can use whatever fruit you have on hand, but if I’m making it for a specific event, this is my go-to combo.
1 bottle of sweet white wine (usually Moscato)
8 oz. seltzer water*
1 shot whiskey
1 lemon – half sliced, half juiced
1 lime – half sliced, half juiced
5 strawberries, cut into discs
*Depending on how sweet the wine is, you may want more or less seltzer. When we were taking the pictures for this post, the wine was really sweet, so I added more seltzer.
And that’s it! If you don’t have a punch bowl (which we didn’t until about a week ago), just use a glass or plastic salad bowl with a ladle. (Honestly, any large bowl will work.) It sounds weird, but it actually works really well.
Sangria has become my go-to for summer potlucks, and it is always appreciated. 🙂 I encourage you to try it!
Thanks for reading!