Your summer sipping just got easier with my 3 Ingredient Sangria. Light, refreshing, and perfect for summer entertaining!
I can’t believe that I have made it a full month here in Arizona! Whew, is it hot this time of year… I think it is time for another 3 ingredient cocktail to keep myself cooled down. How about a fun and simple 3 ingredient sangria to kick off the weekend?
The past two weeks I have been doing a 3 ingredient cocktail series on the blog. I think drinks should be easy and not fussy. You can’t get any easier than 3 ingredients. Ok, you could with maybe two ingredients. Or even one, but then we are just doing shots at that point. Not that there is anything wrong with shots. If you missed my cocktail shot series last year you will know that I love me some shots!
So last week I brought you a 3 ingredient margarita, which is arguably the best drink around. In my opinion, of course. But my Satsuma Orange Jubilee that kicked off the series is just as good. Especially if you are in more of a rum mood versus a tequila mood.
But let’s not forget about wine as a great cocktail starter.
I love wine and have flip-flopped between my love of whites and reds. I started out drinking the really sweet white dessert wines. Then I progressed into the fruitier reds. I have settled on Pinot Noirs and that is about as deep red as I will go.
In the summer though, I need something a little lighter on the palette. Not so rich with heavy fruits but more citrus notes. This brings me full circle back to the sweeter white wines but not all the way back to the beginning. Thank goodness. That was a long journey. Let’s just enjoy the wine already!
The Pinot Grigios and Sauvignon Blancs are where I am landing this summer for a few reasons.
- I found some really good ones that I like to drink and they are less than 10$ a bottle. BONUS!
- They don’t’ weigh down my mouth in the summer when I am trying to eat lighter. It’s Freaking Hot Here!
- They pair well with juice and fruits that are abundant in the summer season!
This last reason is why I am a huge fan of sangria! Now, I love sangria with the fruity reds too but this, especially hot summer, I am sticking to my lighter whites.
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My favorite bottle of Pinot Grigio has melon and citrus notes in it. Perfect for mixing with a lemon-lime soda. Use your favorite, no soda wars here, and a hint of Grand Marnier. Brandy is typical for sangria but I like the orange notes in the Grand Marnier as they pair well with the other citrus.
One bottle of Pinot Grigio, some Grand Mariner, and lemon-lime soda and you have a great 3 ingredient sangria for summer. Minimal assembly required and will last for a day or two in the fridge! Just leave the ice out until you are ready to serve.
A great tip for keeping your sangria at full strength is to freeze your citrus, melon balls, and grapes the night before. When you are ready to serve your sangria, just add these frozen goodies to the glass and you will have a chilled sangria, no water necessary!
- 750ml Pinot Grigio (chilled)
- 2 ounces Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
- 3 cups lemon-lime soda
- lemon and lime slices (for garnishes)
- frozen grapes and melon balls (for chilling)
- If you are going to be using frozen melon balls and grapes make sure you prep those with ample time to freeze.
- Mix the bottle of Pinot Grigio, Grand Marnier, and Lemon-Lime soda.
- Stir to combine.
- Add in lemon and lime slices for garnishing or for extra citrus flavor.
- Chill for an hour or serve immediately over ice or frozen fruit.
- When ready to serve, pour over glasses of ice or use frozen melon balls and grapes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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