This is one refreshing sangria!
We love having friends and family over to barbecue or just sharing a meal and of course to tackle a few board games. Lately we have been playing monopoly which I finally won the other night. Woo hoo! It was one of these nights that I had decided to serve some basic soda and beer we had on hand. When it came down to it, we actually decided that we needed something a bit more exciting to drink. Five minutes later this sangria was born.
Ok so let’s go back to the beginning. A few weeks ago my mom told me that her work had an over abundance of blueberries, so she was going to bring me some to use for one of my weekly themes. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. Let’s just say, I froze all the blueberries because there was absolutely no way I could eat them all before they went bad unless I ate them for every single meal. Freezing them was easy enough. Lay them flat on a cookie sheet, freeze completely then place into freezer bags.
Let me tell you, frozen blueberries make excellent ice cubes in sangria because they keep it cold and doesn’t water down the drink. The big plus is when they defrost they soak up all the flavor in the sangria and make awesome little nibbles when you get to the bottom of the glass. I think that is my favorite thing about sangria, all those wine soaked fruit pieces that are waiting like a present at the bottom of your glass. Then of course you refill and do it all over again!
In the case of this sangria we wanted something light and refreshing since it was a pretty warm day. We decided to use a white wine that was infused with blueberry syrup, giving the wine a pretty rose colored hue. Including a flavor like rosemary gives it an earthy flavor that adds a depth of dimension to the drink. I decided it needed one other thing to brighten up the flavor. Lemon. That did it. The flavor and the color of the lemon slices did the trick.
It was an easy drinking cocktail. The only criticism was maybe it wasn’t sweet enough. I thought it was perfect, but if you prefer to live on the sweeter side of life, use a pinot grigio or even a moscato which will add more of a sugary flavor without adding tons of sugar. The sangria is light and refreshing and of course fun to nibble all the blueberries at the bottom. I will definitely make this again this summer. It was too good, and one of the perfect pitchers to share with friends.
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1 bottle white wine
- ½ cup gold rum
- 3 cups or 2 cans seltzer water
- Frozen blueberries, lemon slices and rosemary sprigs for garnish, optional
- In a mixing bowl, add lemon juice, blueberries, rosemary leaves and sugar. Mash with a potato masher until well combined. Let sit at least ten minutes or up to an hour to blend flavors. Strain juice out with a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
- Add strained juice to a large pitcher. Add wine, rum and seltzer water, stir gently. Pour into serving glasses and garnish with frozen blueberries, lemon slices and rosemary sprigs.