I think when I first started blogging, and in the beginning it was really just crafts, the idea of recipe development was terrifying to me. The idea that people could come up with ingredients that when they threw them together they tasted like something real and delicious seemed like straight up witch craft.
And now I LOVE IT! I’m not sure how it changed or why it changed, but it totally changed. I’m sure it was just a matter of overcoming those fears and going for it.
And looking back I can’t believe that I felt that way about cocktail recipes! I mean, those are really the easiest to develop! Booze + More Booze = Awesome. AmIRight? Or AmIRight??
And Sangria is for sure the easiest of the cocktails! Once you realize that it’s a basic formula of wine, alcohol and fruit the possibilities are totally endless. I love taking traditional flavor combos and making them into a sangria, like with this Pina Colada Sangria. And I love even more taking something that’s a little less traditional but totally works together and making THAT a sangria, like this Strawberry Basil Sangria (SO GOOD!).
Okay! So that’s what this post is about. Today I’m giving you a basic formula for the liquids and then telling you to just
Add. Frozen. Fruit.
It really is that simple. And once you buy the other liquor that you need, you will have them on hand and you can make pitchers of this over and over all summer long. It’s last minute, it’s fast to throw together, it’s perfect!
So! Start with a bottle of white wine. I like a spritzer. You know, bubbles.
Then add a little white rum. A secret? Switch the white wine to red and the white rum to brandy and you have a whole new sangria. BAM! Did I just blow your mind?
Now you add some triple sec. This adds a little punch of orange and sweetness. You want to go fancy? You could totally add some Cointreau. I love it!
Next you add some frozen fruit. I added about three cups worth, but you don’t even have to measure. And it can be whatever is in the freezer for your kids’ smoothies. I swear I won’t tell them what you did with it when they ask for their very favorite Raspberry Mango Smoothie.
This batch had strawberries, mango, cherries (I love frozen cherries) raspberries, and blueberries. It was awesome!
And yes, you of course can use fresh fruit. But frozen fruit is often less expensive and easy to just have on hand all the time for whenever your sangria craving strikes ;)
And that is it my friends.
It really is that simple.
If you look at my sangria recipes they are all very similar. There are slight deviations on this basic formula. I know that the idea of spending the money on alcohol is daunting when you have never tried a recipe before, but even a “bad” sangria recipe isn’t bad. People. It’s still sangria. Have fun with it!
Frozen Fruit Sangria
- 750 bottle White Wine I like a spritzer blend, see photo, chilled
- 1/2 cup white rum
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 3 cups frozen fruit see note
- Combine all ingredients. Stir. You can serve immediately or for a more intense fruit flavor let it sit for a few hours in the refrigerator.
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