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Create a Cool Cocktail for Your Party- My Best Sangria

By on Jul 19, 2010, 11:13 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Drinks | 0 comments

Sangria Cropped  Cool Pitcher of Sangria

Summer heat has hit us with a vengeance in Southern California. It’s time for our fabulous tradition of outdoor entertaining, and especially for cool summer cocktails.

Creating a signature cocktail for your party is a great way to add pizazz to your event, and this Sangria is a real crowd pleaser. I have found that on a hot day, Sangria is much more popular with guests than any other wine, beer or cocktails being served at the bar.

I invite you to give it a try at your next outdoor event, and win the praise of your guests!

And BTW, this addictive Sangria goes great with a tapas and paella party.



  • 2- 750 ml bottle full flavored red wine (While a Garnacha or Rioja is traditional, I like to use Cabernet)
  • 3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • @ 16-20 oz. 7-Up or Sprite
  • A healthy pinch of cinnamon

Garnish with sliced peaches, lemon, oranges and  halved strawberries. Serve icy cold.

About 8 servings







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