Start the grill, light the sparklers, and sip on this easy summer sangria. This tasty Fourth of July sangria recipe adds patriotic spirit (and red, white, and blue color) to any Independence Day celebration.
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I suffer from hostess anxiety. (Is that a real disorder?)
I love being a hostess…. And I hate being a hostess.
Can anyone relate?
It’s amazing to host friends and family in your home, but it can be a pain to clean, organize and prepare for the perfect evening.
The quest for the perfect evening gets me worked into a frenzy before the guests even arrive.
My kids and husband suffer as I whip around the house overwhelmed by last minute tasks.
The frenzy can last all evening as I refill drinks and tend to the party food. At the end of the night I often wonder if I even enjoyed the event.
Over the years I’ve learned to be a (bit) more relaxed hostess. It helps to:
- Serve tried and true recipes instead of shooting for a new menu.
- Setting up a casual buffet instead of a formal meal.
- Serve a signature cocktail instead of being forced to act as the bartender all night.
Easy Summer Sangria
Sangria is the perfect summer party drink since it tastes best when it is prepared the day before the event. The night of the party you can simply set out the dispenser and let guests serve themselves.
You get to relax and your guests get to enjoy the cold, refreshing wine and fruit!
I make my red, white & blue sangria in a huge 2-Gallon Beverage Dispenser to make sure there is plenty for everyone.
Fourth of July sangria adds patriotic spirit (and red, white, and blue color) to your Independence Day celebration. Guest love to sip on this light and fruity summer sangria.
- 8-10 cups watermelon (cubed with large visible seeds removed - 80 ounces)
- 6-8 watermelon slices (½ to 1 inch thick)
- 3 cups strawberries (quartered, 24 ounces)
- 3 cups blueberries (halved, 24 ounces)
- 3 cups black or red grapes (halved, 24 ounces)
- 1.5 liter white wine (Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)
- 16 ounces lemon lime soda (optional, 2 cups)
- 16 ounces triple sec (2 cups)
- 8 ounces lemon juice (1 cup)
- Prepare fruit.
- Use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut stars out of the watermelon slices. You will need 6-8 stars to circle the dispenser. Dice leftover watermelon.
- Layer fruit in container staring with several cups of watermelon, then half of the blueberries, and half of the strawberries.
- Tip: Use watermelon to fill in the center of the dispenser and keep other fruits toward the outer edge.
- Top the strawberries with half of the grapes and then arrange the water melon stars in the center of the grape layer. Look at the outside of the container to make sure the stars are clearly visible, move any grapes that block the stars.
- Layer remaining fruit in container staring with the blueberries then the strawberries and watermelon. (Continue using the watermelon to fill in the center of the dispenser and keep other fruits toward the outer edge.).
- Combine all liquid ingredients in a pitcher, stir, then pour over fruit in beverage dispenser. Allow to steep in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours. Serve cold.
How to Make Sangria for a Crowd
Making sangria for a large number of people? You can get double use from the fruit. Here’s the easy process:
- Place the fruit in the beverage dispenser and then mix up two batches of the wine/juice mixture.
- Cover the fruit with the first batch of wine and allow it to steep for 6-8 hours in the fridge to absorb the fruit flavors.
- Drain off the wine mixture into a clean pitcher and refrigerate.
- Add the second batch of wine mix to the fruit already in the dispenser and allow it to steep for 6-8 hours in the fridge to absorb the fruit flavors.
- Serve the sangria and refill the dispenser as needed with the steeped wine mix from the fridge.
Red, White and Blue Garnish
Extra fruit makes the perfect garnish for sangria. Cut out watermelon stars with a cookie cutter (I use these) then thread the stars onto bamboo skewers with a few berries.
Serve the skewers as a easy garnish. As the beverage dispenser empties use a spoon to remove the sangria soaked fruit and serve a few pieces in each glass.
I hope you enjoy this tasty (and easy) Fourth of July sangria!
More Easy Drink Ideas
My favorite summer cocktail? The Gin Rickey!
Looking for a non-alcoholic party drink? I love to serve frozen Arnold Palmers!
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