Weekend Reminiscing – Starting the week off right… with Sangria!

This past weekend was all about the beautiful weather and laughing with friends.  There aren’t too many 80 degree days left lurking around in October, so when “Summer” pops her head in for a visit, we’ve got an open invitation policy.  The perfect drink for celebrating any event with Miss “Summer” is Sangria!

Red & White Sangria is a main staple whenever we host a party and comes in super handy when something special is needed for an outside get together.  It’s festive, colorful, flavorful and can be made to compliment any menu.

Sangria Picher

Since we’re heading into cooler months, I’m sharing a personal favorite recipe of mine for red Sangria that’s sure to warm you up any time of the year!


2 Bottles of Rioja Red Wine
1/2 Cup Grand Marnier (orange liquor)
1/2 Cup Agave Nectar
2 tablespoons (or 3 splashes) Pure Vanilla Extract
Seeds of 2 Vanilla Beans
Juice of 4 navel oranges (freshly squeezed)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg or allspice
2 apples sliced
1 orange sliced
1 Lime sliced
2 ripe peaches, cut into wedges
3 ripe plums, cut into wedges
1 cup halved green seedless grapes
1-2 cinnamon sticks

Combine Rioja, Grand Marnier, agave nectar, vanilla, fruit juice and spices in a large tupperware container.  Mix well by stirring or shaking.  Mix in the sliced fruit and cinnamon sticks.  Refrigerate.  Best if stored for 24 hours prior to serving. Place in a large, decorative pitcher when ready to serve.  Fill glasses with ice, pour in Sangria…Enjoy lovingly and responsibly!

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