Easy and fresh sangria recipe inspired by Mexican agua fresca! I love sangria and love agua fresca, so why not combine the two?
Agua Fresca Reminds Me Of Dad!
My dad, Ramiro, loved blending up all kinds of agua fresca, smoothies and shakes! The glimmer in his eyes was so heart warming when he would prepare any food for us. Both my parents expressed their love through a simple plate of food. But those simple plates of food and glasses of agua fresca are the things that still inspire me today.
What Inspires Your Recipes?
Many things inspire me when it comes to recipes. A roadside stand selling fresh strawberries, fresh ground spices, a food memory and especially bad food at a restaurant! Lol! That last one really inspires me to go home and cook up a storm!
The Focus Is About The Recipe
If you have been following me for a while, you know how passionate I am about my recipes and what I do. Sometimes it’s good to put a face to the recipes! I am Sonia Mendez Garcia, La Piña En La Cocina(The Pineapple In The Kitchen). When I was a baby, I had very light colored hair that would stand up all over! My dad lovingly nicknamed me, piñita, little pineapple. To this day, my family still calls me piña. I think my next cocktail recipe will definitely focus on pineapples!
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Traditional Sangria Is Tasty!
Traditional sangria is tasty too. Most often prepared with red wine, brandy and various fruits. Wine, fruit, cheese and bread! One of my favorite meals, lol! A simple red wine sangria consist of red wine, orange juice, brandy and fruits like oranges, apples, blueberries and really any kind of fruit that strikes your fancy! I prefer using an apple flavored brandy and finish with with a flavored seltzer like cranberry.
Watermelon Strawberry Sangria
- Large pitcher
- 1 1/2-2 lbs Watermelon
- 1 1/2 pounds Strawberries
- 3 large oranges
- 2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 4 oz Simple Syrup
- 6-8 oz brandy or watermelon flavored vodka
- 1.75 l Sparkling or rose wine
- To the blender, add 1 pound of fresh watermelon and 1/2 pound fresh strawberries, roughly chopped. Blend on high until smooth. Set aside.
- Slice the remaining watermelon and strawberries into smaller, bite size pieces. I left some watermelon with the rind on. Slice one of the oranges into thin wedges. Juice the remaining two oranges and set aside.
- To a large pitcher, add in some of the mixed, sliced fruit. Reserve some for garnish. Pour in the fruit puree, lime juice, orange juice, brandy, simple syrup and wine. Stir well to combine. Cover and chill for a few hours.
- When ready, stir sangria and pour into goblet style glasses that are filled with ice. Garnish with more fresh fruit.