In the Kitchen: Sangria

(WTNH)– Blogger/Lifestyle Expert Shaunya Hartley celebrates Sangria and the many amazing ways to create your own version.

Sangria is the number one wine based cocktail in the world. Its origins are in Spain and Portugal but it was introduced to the US  during the 1964 World Fair. Basic Sangria recipe is wine and fruit but we have some great twist on the classic recipe.

You can use fresh fruit but also canned or frozen for your sangria. You can use whatever wine you would like medium bodied reds and crisps white are the best.

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Celebration of Sangria Recipes:
White
Green Apple and Kiwi Sangria

1 bottle of White Wine (Bodegas Franco Espanolas Royal Rioja)
1/3 cup orange liqueur
1 1/2 cup lemonade
3 Kiwis, peeled and cut in thin slices
1 large green apple cut into thin slices
1 1/2 cups green seedless grapes cut into halves

Combine ingredients in a large pitcher and stir.
Chill for at least one hour and then pour into glasses filled with ice.
Garnish with a kiwi slice

Rose
Berry Rose Sangria
1 bottle of Blush or Rose Wine (Butterfly Kiss Rose)
2 cups of berries
Ice
Directions
Fill a large pitcher with ice. Add wine and berries. Stir and serve.

Sparkling
Sparkling Wine Sangria
3 cups Sparkling Wine (Martini Prosecco or Asti)
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
6 large mint leaves
1½ cups sparkling water
3 lemon quarters
5 fresh strawberries slices
3 cucumber slices or ribbons

Combine lemon juice, mint leaves, sparkling water, lemons, strawberries and cucumbers in a pitcher. Gently stir in chilled Prosecco or, for a sweeter profile, Asti just before serving. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint.

Last Days of Summer Sangria
I bottle   of White Wine (JP Chenet)
3 cups of honey dew melon
Juice of 1 small lemon
½ ounce elderflower liqueur (such as St. Germain)
Thinly-sliced lemon wheels
Preparation:
In a pitcher, muddle 3 cubes of honey dew melon.  Add cubed melon, white wine lemon juice, elderflower liqueur. Stir ingredients together and pour into a large wine glass or goblet over fresh ice.  Garnish with a few thinly-sliced lemon wheels.

Red
Non Alcoholic Sangria
1 bottle of nonalcoholic wine (Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon)
2cups of favorite fruit or nectar
1 bottle of sparkling water
Fresh fruit

Directions
In a pitcher place fruit in, add wine, juice, nectar, sparkling wine. Mix, let sit in refrigerator for an hour. Serve to guest.

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