Summer is here at last, bringing with it barbecues and backyard gatherings, days at the beach or the river, and long evenings at a campsite or around a fire pit. It’s the time to reconnect with friends and enjoy casual socializing, with sandals on your feet and parties that don’t need an RSVP.
But whether you’re the host or the guest, the standard assortment of beer and wine isn’t terribly interesting. Step up your game with a refreshing beverage that looks as good as it tastes. Sangria is the drink of summer, bar none, and should be everywhere that friends and families gather. And here’s why:
It’s Easy to Make
There are dozens of recipes for great sangria, but all of them are easy peasy. The most difficult part of making a classic Spanish sangria is slicing up some citrus fruits, and even on your laziest summer day you can manage to get that done and still have a siesta. You may have to juice a lemon or two, but then, exercise is good for you.
The Best Ingredients
A beautiful sangria requires fresh fruit, and summer is when you can get the fresh peaches or berries to really make the flavor sing. Sure, you could use frozen fruit in a pinch, but why would you do that to yourself? Sangria celebrates the flavors of summer produce, which is all the more reason to enjoy it.
Need I say more? On a hot day, it’s delicious, cooling, and beautiful. It looks like a party in a glass and tastes like all your dreams.
Goes With Everything
Red wine sangria? Yes. White wine sangria? Of course. Rose? Naturally. Served in a pitcher or a punch bowl, poured into stemware or mason jars or Solo cups. Dress it up or dress it down. Sangria goes to a backyard barbecue or the deck of a yacht, a company picnic or a sunset wedding.
It’s Good For You
Aside from the proven health benefits of drinking wine, look at all that fruit! It’s a salad in a glass. Your mother would be proud.