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Apr 29

Margarita Sangria

I know it’s only the middle of the week. But we can pretend it’s Friday somewhere right?

Plus, posting this earlier in the week makes it so you can shop for all the ingredients before the weekend. Or, you can make Margarita Sangria to go with dinner tonight. No judgement, just jealousy. I’m all out of this sangria, so invite me over for some, mmkay?

Margarita Sangria - the perfect blend of a margarita and a bottle of wine!

Let’s talk about sangria for a minute. It seems like a very grown-up drink to me, or am I crazy? I mean, as a teenager young 21-year old we didn’t go around drinking sangria from pitchers filled with fresh fruit. We bought $2 Boone’s Strawberry Hill. Or we’d splurge for a 6-pack of Zima. Remember Zima?

Anyway.

Once I grew up and got married and started to go to grown-up BBQs and parties, sangria was always served, and I avoided it like the plague. To me, sangria meant red wine and a bunch of fruit, and OMG I hate red wine.

{Wine is supposed to be cold and crisp. Red wine is neither.}

Only last summer did I realize that sangria could be made with white wine. I was shocked, awed, and couldn’t wait for my next party so I could make my own. Fast forward 8 months and I made a delicious strawberry lemon sangria for my blogger party.

{That’s not this one. I still need to remake and shoot that one, it was so awesome.}

After drinking too much of that one, I knew I needed to make another version. Sangria is my new favorite thing, after all. Since Cinco de Mayo is next week, I wanted margaritas.

Then it hit me. Margaritas + Sangria. Margarita Sangria!

Margarita Sangria - the perfect blend of a margarita and a bottle of wine!

This recipe has all the flavors of a margarita mixed with wine. It’s like my two BFFs came to live with me.

There are just a few simple parts to sangria.

Fruit: limes, lemons, and oranges. Use all limes, or mix it up like I did.

Wine: a bottle of your favorite sauvignon blanc. You don’t have to buy the most expensive bottle, but get something you’d like to drink plain. I like to shop wine sales or warehouse stores. Get a bottle that’s normally over $10 but marked down to $7-8 and you can figure it’s a pretty good bottle.

{And wine connoisseurs all over just rolled their eyes at me. Whatever, I also mix wines when a glass isn’t full enough.}

Hard liquor (for this, tequila): again, I use a lower end because I’m cheap. Use your favorite.

I added in some margarita mix and sugar to make it more margarita-like. I also like my drinks sweeter, so you can adjust the sugar/mix as you like for your taste. Or you can omit the margarita mix and use fresh lime juice, if you want. Like I said, I need my drinks sweet!

The last component? Club soda. You add it right before serving and it not only allows it to serve more people, but it gives a little fizzy kick.

{Remember, I used to love Zima…}

Margarita Sangria - the perfect blend of a margarita and a bottle of wine!

Add all your ingredients (except the club soda) to a pretty pitcher and chill it for a few hours. You want the flavors to have time to mix.

Then you just have to decide: with salt or without? I’m not a salt girl. I’d rather use sugar. You can use either, or skip it altogether. Feel free to add more club soda, or less, depending on how strong you want your sangria.

This margarita sangria would be perfect next to a huge plate of nachos and fajitas and tacos and beans and guacamole next week.

Or, serve it with brownies like I like to. Your choice. 🙂

Margarita Sangria - the perfect blend of a margarita and a bottle of wine!

Give sangria a try. Or, don’t. Once I tried it I can’t stop making it, so you run that risk. 😉

Enjoy!

Margarita Sangria

Yield: 8-12 servings

The combination of a margarita and sangria! The perfect summer cocktail and it feeds a crowd.


Ingredients:


  • 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc

  • 1/2 cup tequila

  • 3/4 cup margarita mix (non-alcoholic)

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 limes, sliced

  • 1/2 lemon, sliced

  • 1/2 small orange, sliced

  • 2 cups club soda, cold


Directions:


  1. Stir together the wine, tequila, margarita mix, and sugar in a large pitcher. I like my drinks sweeter, which is why I added sugar and lots of margarita mix. You can cut back on those amounts if you like things less sweet.

  2. Add sliced fruit to the pitcher. Chill until ready to serve. Before serving, add cold club soda to the pitcher.

  3. Serve over ice with a salted or sugared rim, if desired.


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Sweets from friends:
The Best Homemade Margaritas by Averie Cooks
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65 Sweet Drinks & Smoothies by Something Swanky