I LOVE SANGRIA. This strawberry and Meyer lemon sangria is no exception.
Sangrias and other pitchers of cocktail goodness are such a great way to have a drink with your friends at a party or a dinner without feeling like you are drinking *too* much alcohol. As the evening moves on, I often add a little more sparkling soda or juice to stretch our fun drink a bit!
I don’t think I have ever made the same pitcher of sangria twice. The ingredients for my sangria are determined by whatever I have on hand at that moment. Right now? A few NC apples are hanging out in my fridge, a little bit of citrus, and some gorgeous strawberries!
This is the first week of a VERY short strawberry season in our part of North Carolina. If you get a chance, grab your kids and go pick your own! I love this time of year because there is so much overlap with different local fruits. I was able to use the last of my North Carolina apples plus these beautiful strawberries and a few Meyer lemons.
Meyer lemons are also seasonal so, if you can’t find any at your grocery store, replace with lemons or oranges. Because Meyer Lemons are a little sweeter than regular lemons, you might want to adjust your mixer accordingly. If the sangria isn’t sweet enough, add some orange juice, apple cider, or a lemon-lime soda. If you use oranges and you want to cut the sweetness, use something like sparkling Sanpellegrino to add the fizz without too much flavor.
To make this strawberry and Meyer lemon sangria, all you have to do is combine the fruit, wine, and rum in a large pitcher and let it chill in your refrigerator for a little while. Right before you want to serve it, add lemon-lime soda or tonic water or anything sparkling to give the sangria a little bit of fizz. My favorite for this sangria is the Sanpellegrino Limonata sparkling soda! Enjoy!!
Cheers!! Hope your spring evenings are filled with tasty cocktails!
Strawberry and Meyer Lemon Sangria
- 1 bottle white wine
- 1/2 cup rum
- 2 meyer lemons , juiced plus 1/2 a lemon for slicing
- 2 apples , sliced
- 8 to 10 strawberries , sliced
- 2 cans Sanpellegrino Limonata sparkling soda
Combine everything except the tonic water or sprite. Chill for at least an hour.
Right before serving, add the sprite or tonic water to give your sangria a little fizz.
Serve over ice! Don't forget to add some fruit to every cup.
This recipe works well doubled!
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