End of Summer Sangria
I realize that the “dog days” of summer reference has less to do with canines and more to do with a late summer star. But these late summer hazy-hot days sure make me understand a panting dog stretched out on the pavement trying to stay cool. Whether you are waiting impatiently for any sign of Fall (me me me!) or if you could soak up summer all year long (you know who you are, Maddy), this End of Summer Sangria is sure to put a little extra skip in your step during these dog days of summer.
This sangria soaks up the ripe juices of late summer fruits while celebrating the arrival of fall (and back-to-school time!) with a little bubbly finish. What better drink to bridge the two seasons!? During the dog days I love this type of light and refreshing ice cold drink, and early fall makes me crave red wine and full flavors. I make End of Summer Sangria with end of summer fruits: figs, grapes, plums, strawberries, and apples. But switch up the fruits to make it work for any season.
End of Summer Sangria is our little star that shines ever so brightly over weekend evenings in late July and August. During these dog days, there is no more perfect drink.
- 1 bottle rioja wine (any table red will work if you like sweeter drinks)
- 1 cup brandy
- 1 bottle prosecco wine
- 2 3/4 c lemonade
- 2 3/4 c orange juice
- lemon juice to taste
- lime juice to taste
- 1 apple, thinly sliced
- 6 strawberries, sliced
- 1-2 plums, cut into wedges
- 3 fresh ripe figs, sliced vertically (or 6 dried-they aren't quite as plump)
- 1/2 c grapes, halved
Combine all ingredients except for the prosecco. Allow to chill in refrigerator until cold. Pour over ice leaving an inch or two (depending on how bubbly you like your drinks) at the top of each glass. Fill to the top with prosecco.
Any of your favorite fruit combinations will work perfectly in this recipe.
You can leave out the prosecco altogether if you don't like fizzy drinks. It is delicious with or without. We drink it both ways!
Our exact recipe is dry and refreshing, so if you like something sweeter, try any sweeter wine or add some sugar.