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Summer Sangria

When the summer heat completely tires you down, a light refreshing sangria is the only way to go. I find that I always have partially enjoyed bottles of wine in my fridge. A sangria is a great way to finish off a bottle and make it taste amazing. Usually you find sangrias made with white or red wine, but rosé is truly my favorite for wine cocktails. There’s just so much you can do with a rosé, like these “Drink Pink” recipes! This version of sangria takes a little marinating to get the fruit flavors just right.

Summer Sangria Ingredients

Ingredients (makes about four servings)

  • Bottle of rosé wine
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of rose water
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh basil

First make sure the wine is completely chilled, no one likes a hot sangria! Measure the frozen peaches, mango and pineapple and add them to a mixing bowl. Lightly drizzle the honey over the fruit. The fruit will already sweeten as it thaws and the honey is just to help with releasing the natural sugars.

Sangria Fruit

Rose flavor is my favorite ingredient to use in fruit cocktails. Rose water is especially potent compared to rose syrup. Very little is required to bring out a lovely floral scent and flavor, a few drops will do the trick. Let the fruit blend with the honey and rose water for at least 30 minutes. The fruit pieces will still be cold enough to chill the cocktail.

Making Summer Sangria

Strawberry and Basil

Add the marinated fruit to the glass and top with cut pieces of fresh strawberry and basil. Pour the rosé over the fruits and herbs. Garnish with a fresh strawberry and enjoy!

The honey and rosewater really bring out the sweetness and floral notes in a rosé. If making a larger batch for a celebration, just chill overnight and let the flavors blend together. Just fill up almost half of the pitcher fruit and the rest with wine. Scoop out the fruit into each glass as it’s served so that everyone can enjoy the honey rose medley.

I’ve never met a sangria that I didn’t like.

There is just something about the cocktail – whether it’s sweet or dry, loaded with berries or apples, kissed by brandy or juice – that makes it appropriate for all seasons. I think what I love most about it is how highly customizable it is. While sangria purists usually only consider a hearty red wine as their base… I am no purist.

I will experiment with any and all wines, fruit of all kinds, seasonal flavors (like apple cider! Blood orange! Pomegranate vanilla! Pineapple!) and I kind of sort of wish that it was acceptable to have a pitcher of sangria in the fridge at all times.

I mean, it has fruit? Fruit it a major food group? So sangria is a snack?

That fruit. Let’s talk about that fruit. The way it soaks up the wine like a sponge is just dreamy. Is there any better drink – you can sip and sip during happy hour and then finish off with a few bites too? I dig it.

Cucumbers may not quite soak up the flavor like an apple would, but they certainly do their job. They infuse every beverage they land in – think of dreamy, icy, minty spa water – so you get the most refreshing, crispy flavor when the slices are added to the sauvignon blanc. Combined with the watermelon balls and a bit of pressed juice, lots of limes and mint, this is the ideal summer drink to serve on a sweltering day.


I added in a cup or so of fresh watermelon juice. You can get this by pressing fresh watermelon through a fine mesh sieve or by blending watermelon chunks and straining the juice. Play around with how much you’d like to add based on your flavor preferences.

I added about 2 cups of watermelon balls (or chunks!) along with the cucumber.

I left out the honeydew melon.

I doubled the mint and limes. Enjoy!

Hi, I’m Julie of The Little Kitchen and I am thrilled to be joining as a regular contributor to the BHG Delish Dish blog! I have been blogging for over 4 years now and have always been a huge fan of BHG.

Strawberry Sangria Popsicles | BHG Delish Dish

Since it’s summer and mostly likely very hot where you’re at, I really wanted to make popsicles! After chatting with the BHG team, I knew I wanted to make a boozy popsicle…so I changed up one of their recipes for Strawberry Sangria and made them into popsicles.

Strawberry Sangria Popsicles | BHG Delish Dish

I love strawberries! Wonderfully sweet and so colorful, I love anything with strawberries.

Strawberry Sangria Popsicles | BHG Delish Dish

The strawberry syrup in this recipe tastes amazing, I even used it as a base for another recipe I’m working on.

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Peanut butter and jelly, strawberries and chocolate, summer and cool drinks – some things just go together.  When the temperatures rise there’s nothing better than an ice cold beverage which is why this month’s Best of the Blogs is showcasing some of this season’s tastiest sippers.

Yum! Who wouldn’t want to start their day with this Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie from Love & Olive Oil? Almond butter and almond milk give this fruity smoothie just a hint of nutty flavor.



Margaritas are a classic summer drink and this Cherry Lavendar Beer Margarita from Heather Christo looks like the perfect way to add a new twist.


This old-school Chocolate Italian Cream Soda from Brown Eyed Baker would be ideal for kids! Plus, you can use any flavors of syrup to make your own creation.



Take advantage of some of the season’s best flavors with this Berry Sangria from Kitchen Confidante. The recipe can only be made in a large pitcher so it’s the perfect excuse to get friends together!



This cute Frozen Strawberry Milk Slushie from Picky Palete gives the childhood drink a seasonal update. Top it with homemade whip cream for a decadent touch.



More frothy drinks and striped pink straws! This Frosty Coconut Mojitos from How Sweet It Is gets a boost of sweetness from coconut water, milk and rum.



Sometimes summer drinks can turn into a complicated concoction. If you prefer to keep it simple, try this three-ingredient Strawberry Mango Lemonade from Hott Mama in the City.



This Roasted Cherry Sangria from Foodie Crush looks the perfect party sipper. Add your own spin to the recipe by tossing in some of your favorite herbs or orange slices.



This Loaded Hibiscus Arnold Palmers from Vegetarian Ventures is an easy way to use up extra fruits and herbs you have around. Although the original only has blueberries, the sweet sipper can be customized with any fruity flavors to switch up the taste.



In my opinion, there’s one summer drink that comes out on top: Iced Coffee. A few sprigs of mint and sugar make this Iced Mint Coffee from With Style and Grace perfect for warm weather.



What’s your favorite cool summer drink? If you’re still looking for more refreshing sippers, take a look at our Tasty Seasonal Drinks Pinterest board. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

- Kenzie, BHG Social Media Editorial Assistant

This Cucumber Sangria recipe from BHG’s new cookbook Fresh is such a fun summer drink, and so easy to make ahead. Just soak the ingredients in a pitcher for a couple hours in the fridge, then top each glass with cold soda water before serving. It’s so refreshing for a hot day- I am so making this for our next BBQ!

When cutting the melon, I use this simple technique: Simply cut the melon in half, remove the seeds, then lay each half face down on the cutting board. Next, use your knife to shave off the rind in big chunks.

Then slice the melon both in half horizontally, and in each direction to form small cubes.

By Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast, a blog full of simple recipes and entertaining ideas inspired by living in a cabin in the woods.

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