Sangria Party Week 2: Cucumber & Berry Sangrias
Welcome to Foxes Love Lemons Sangria Party Week 2014! I had such a great time throwing a backyard sangria party last year that I decided to do it again! Stay tuned all week for details about party planning, sangria recipes, appetizers, dinner and desserts!
The most important part of any sangria party is obviously the sangria itself. Each year, I make two types of sangria – one with red wine and one with white wine. I’ll share the recipes I used this year below, but first some general tips:
- As I mentioned yesterday, you will need a lot of ice for this party for people to fill and re-fill their glasses. Just ask several guests to bring bags of ice, and stash a cooler full of ice right near the sangria so it’s always readily available.
- We learned the hard way this year that stray blueberries can get stuck in the spigot part of beverage dispensers and prevent the sangria from dispensing at all. So, if you’re going to be serving a sangria with berries in it, either serve it out of pitchers, or devise a system to prevent the berries from entering the dispensing part of the jug. Luckily, I had an engineer husband and two friends volunteer to remedy the situation this year using a (new) piece of window screen, tape, and ingenuity.
- I like to make both sangrias on Thursday, for a Saturday party. The earlier you can make the sangria, the better, as the flavor improves after a few days.
- Just go ahead and use cheap wine. In the end, the fruit you add to the wine is what’s going to make the difference, and even the cheapest wine tastes great once it’s been hanging out with a bunch of fruit for a few days.
- Quantity is tricky, because it all depends on how long the party is, how warm it is outside, how many friends live within walking distance (or are spending the night), and if every guest will be drinking the sangria. This year, we ended up going through 11 bottles of wine for 14 guests (but the party started at 4pm, and the last guests left at 2:30 am, so we had quite awhile to drink it all). The best thing to do is make a bit more than you think you’ll need, and keep some extra wine, soda and other ingredients on hand so that you can quickly make another batch.
- A big tray of fruit garnishes proved popular this year. However, if you go this route, you really don’t need to serve fruit salad with dinner. Because, um, no one will eat it. Another lesson learned the hard way.
The white sangria this year was Cucumber White Sangria from Midwest Living. I made a quadruple batch, and used Sprite Zero in place of seltzer water for extra flavor. The only other deviation I made from the recipe is that I did not stir in ice, but rather just let guests fill their glasses with ice and pour the sangria over. It’s the only sangria I’ve ever made where the wine sits with fruit, then that fruit is strained out and discarded, and new fruit is added. It was a bit of work, but in the end, the flavor was great so I think it was totally worth it.
This year’s red sangria was Berry Sangria from Kitchen Confidante. I again made a quadruple batch, and deviated from the recipe in a few ways. I only added half the rum that is called for, so it wouldn’t be too strong. I also added only about one third the simple syrup that is called for, because I prefer my sangrias on the less sweet side. Additionally, I added some sliced oranges for extra fruit flavor. I did not add the optional mint (since there was mint in the other sangria) or optional ice (again, let guests put ice in each glass). I used Sprite Zero in this sangria as well.
For serving, I used a variety of plastic wine tumblers, and, in classic sangria style, mason jars. I’ve long been a fan of these jars for their style and functionality. In fact, my fridge and pantry are full of them, as I use them to store and organize all sorts of grains, pastas and baking ingredients.
They are my favorite kind of drinking glasses.
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My favorite way to use Mason jars is in canning. Thanks for the chance to try using them as glasses!
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I like to use them to make layered desserts.
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I use them to freeze leftovers.
Use as drinking glasses
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The sangria was delicious! Thanks for the inviye , even though I was a self-proclaimed Sangria hater! Not anymore!
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These sangrias look so refreshing and flavorful! As for mason jars, I always keep one ready either at work or home as a shaker to make salad dressing!
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Shhhhhhh . . . The best way to enjoy the sangrias was a mixture of half cucumber and half berry. By the end of the party is was a complete craze – everybody was doing it!
This looks delicious!