Ok, so summer isn’t officially here yet (technically, we’ve got a month to go) but the weather says otherwise with several days hitting the 90’s here in NYC. Plus, Memorial Day Weekend is next weekend so with only a short week left until the “unofficial first day of summer” I wanted to share one of my favorite summer time recipes with you so you can kick off the season with a refreshing, light, breezy buzz. A crisp, citrusy, tart yet sweet cocktail and a warm, salty beach breeze just go hand in hand, don’t you think? This sangria is bright, fruity, refreshing and dangerously intoxicating…aka everything a perfect summer evening should be, no? It combines some of my seasonal favorites – strawberries, citrus and the unofficial, official drink of summer, rose wine.
Summer Breeze Rose Sangria
- 1 bottle rose wine
- 1/4 cup clear rum
- 1/3 cup orange liquor (I used Patron Citronge)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 navel oranges
- about 8-10 sliced strawberries
- Polar Dry Orange seltzer
A few hours before making your sangria (or day before), soak sliced oranges and strawberries in clear rum and leave in the fridge for up to 8 hours.
To make sangria, drop soaked fruit (and any leftover rum/juice that it’s been sitting in after soaking) into your pitcher. Sprinkle coconut sugar over fruit. Pour wine over fruit and sugar then add your orange liquor and orange juice. Let sangria sit in the fridge overnight or up to a day.
When ready to serve, pour sangria into an ice filled glass and top with a splash of Polar Dry Orange seltzer.
Enjoy! [ and please drink responsibly! ]