There is nothing better than a chilled cocktail on a hot day. One of my favorites is Sangria. It would be perfect to serve it in this gorgeous beverage dispenser from Anthropologie.
These straws are also super fun and summery.
How perfect would those be for a 4th of July party? They come from soandsuch on Etsy.
This is the Sangria recipe I use. It's by Emeril Lagasse, and has been a hit every time I've served it. I've only ever used regular lemons and limes, and it has been delicious! My printed version of the recipe also allows lemon-lime soda instead of club soda if that is what you have on hand.
- 2 bottles chilled dry red wine, like Rioja
- 1 cup brandy
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup superfine granulated sugar
- 2 oranges, cut into thin rounds
- 2 Meyer lemons, cut into thin rounds
- 3 Key limes, cut into thin rounds
- 2 apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 2 cups cold club soda
In a large pot or bowl, combine the wine, brandy, orange juice, and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the orange, lemon, and lime slices, the apples and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator and add the soda. Serve in glasses over ice.