Sangria Fresca

Sangria Fresca, the perfect pitcher drink for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long. // Feast + West

Oh, Cinco de Mayo. One of my favorite Americanized holidays, if not my favorite. Real or not, it’s nice to have another excuse to eat tacos and drink margaritas. (As if I really needed one…) But I don’t think that tequila and cerveza are the only beverages for this holiday.

What about some sangria? Soak some berries in a mixture of wine, vodka and a spot of juice and you’ve got Sangria Fresca. It’s a pitcher drink fit for any summer celebration, whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day or a nice backyard barbecue.

Sangria Fresca, the perfect pitcher drink for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long. // Feast + West

Throughout May, I’m going to be sharing vodka recipes for my Kindred Spirits series. Vodka is a relatively flavorless spirit, which makes it a key component for many beverages that star other flavors. Vodka is more of a supporting actress, so to speak.

Sangria Fresca, the perfect pitcher drink for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long. // Feast + West

Vodka makes for a nice little kick in this Sangria Fresca. I poured a bottle of rosé wine into a pitcher and added cranberry juice and fresh raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. I let it soak for a little while, then added vodka and ice before serving. I topped off each glass with club soda for a bit of sparkle and a sprig of fresh mint for looks. This is a sangria that’s sweet and light. And you would be remiss to leave it out of your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Salud! // susannah

Click below for the Sangria Fresca recipe!

Sangria Fresca, the perfect pitcher drink for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long. // Feast + West

Sangria Fresca, the perfect pitcher drink for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long. // Feast + West

Sangria Fresca

Yield: 8 cocktails
Prep Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

A fresh berry sangria for summertime

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) rosé wine
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 8 ounces club soda
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour the wine into a pitcher. Add vodka, juices and fruit. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Add ice to the pitcher before serving. Top with club soda in the pitcher, or just add a little to each glass. Garnish each glass with berries and a sprig of mint.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g

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Sangria Fresca, the perfect pitcher drink for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long. // Feast + West

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