I seriously love making homemade sangria – you can add what you like, customize it by season, and fruit soaked in sangria is never a bad idea, in my opinion.
Last month, we hosted a Fiesta Engagement party for my best friend, and her fiancé, and while I knew we’d serve traditional margaritas (Olé), a festive sangria was also in order! This sangria just screams summer; with sweet Moscato wine, pineapple juice, and lots of fresh berries.
After trying several varieties of wine from CK Mondavi at this year’s Food Wine Conference, I knew using one of their whites was necessary for this Summer Sangria. My favorite white from CK Mondavi, is their Blond Five – with five varietals of white, it’s refreshing on it’s own, and I wouldn’t want to use it for this sangria. You absolutely could, but I just really enjoy it on it’s own, as is (seriously, it is my favorite!)
For this recipe, I used CK Mondavi’s Moscato, because it’s sweet, and summery, pairing well with Latin dishes – we had a nacho bar at the party; so the menu with adult bevvys worked out so well, this way. If you’re not a huge fan of a sweet Moscato, you could always substitute a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, instead.
This sangria was a hit at the party! I tripled the recipe, and portioned them into mason jars, so guests could grab and go (and I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen all night making pitchers, as we ran out #notmyfirstrodeo)
- 2 bottles white wine of your choice (CK Mondavi Moscato suggested)
- 3/4 cup vodka
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 2 cups club soda
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 2 cups summer fresh fruit of choice (I used blueberries and strawberries)
- Combine all ingredients into a pitcher. Mix well. Allow at least 2 hours to chill before serving.