Strawberry Orange Sangria
It’s not quite summer yet, but you don’t have to wait for the higher temps and summer cook outs to enjoy some Strawberry Orange Sangria, especially when you have nature’s bounty providing an abundance of sweet strawberries right now.
I picked up a small basket of North Carolina Strawberries at a roadside farmer’s stand for only $3.00. That’s quite a deal considering the quality of these berries as well as their natural sugar content. Light, refreshing and not overly sweet, you’ll enjoy this Sangria with friends or alone soaking up the me time on your back deck. This recipe is a snap to make, so plan on making a batch this weekend!
First you’ll need a vessel big enough to hold all the ingredients. A nice tall glass pitcher or punch bowl will do.
Next you’ll want to puree the topped, washed berries with the sugar. This can be done with a traditional blender, food processor or a stick blender, which is what I used.
Now pour the puree into your chosen vessel. Along with the puree add the wine, sliced strawberries and sliced oranges. Remember to save a few slices of the orange if you plan on garnishing the rims of the glasses. Now mix all the ingredients together and let marry for an hour or two or overnight for a deeper flavor.
For a little added touch you may want to add a carbonated beverage such as ginger ale to give the Strawberry Orange Sangria a touch more sweetness and a bit of effervescence. I only added a half of a 20 ounce bottle, but you can adjust for your palate.
Pour into individual glasses and enjoy. This is such a wonderfully light and refreshing strawberry orange sangria, you might just want to make a double batch and invite even more company over to share!
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 8 ounces fresh strawberries topped and washed
- 1 bottle pinot grigo or you favorite white wine, chilled
- 1.5 cups fresh strawberries sliced
- 1 each orange sliced, reserve some for garnish
- 10 fl. ounces ginger ale or amount to taste
Combine topped strawberries and sugar and puree with a stick blender or traditional blender and pour in pitcher
Pour in bottle of pre chilled white wine, preferably Pinot Grigio
Add orange slices and sliced strawberries
Finish with half bottle of ginger ale (or prefered amount to taste) right before service