Photo: Enjoying a glass of Sangria at our favorite Palm Springs restaurant.

“Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered…”         ~ Ray Bradbury

I’ve been a fan of wine based cocktails for as long as I’ve been drinking. They’re delicious, lighter on the alcohol, and extremely versatile.

Sangria falls into the wine based cocktail category but often calls for a dozen ingredients, with macerating and steeping time, and for that kind of effort you need to be making at least a few pitchers. But this little beauty can be made by the glass, hits the spot and is completely customizable.

The simplest Sangria you’ll ever make

Glass of Sangria

Look at those beautiful berries…Sangria!

My version – fills one 10oz tumbler

– 5 oz dry red wine – Pinot Noir and Red Zinfandel work well
– 1 oz triple sec
– 1 handful frozen berries (I use Trader Joe’s Organic Mixed berry blend because I love the raspberry and blackberry mix in this drink but you can use any frozen berries you like).
– 2-4 oz soda water – I like La Croix Peach-pear but a plain soda water would be perfect too.

Do you have a favorite wine-based mixed drink?

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