Summer Sangria Drink Recipes and Summer Wine Tips and Tricks

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Summer is a great time to try different types of wines. Try pairing a new kind of Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon with a steak on the grill or a nice Chardonnay with fresh fish. Be adventurous in the types of wines you try this summer. Summer is also a great time to make new drinks with different types of wine. We gathered a few Sangria recipes from the Food Network and a couple tips and tricks to keep your white wines cold on the patio or deck. So grab a pitcher, a few bottles of wine and call your friends to enjoy a glass of Sangria on the patio!

Bobby Flay’s Red Wine Sangria

2 bottles red Spanish table wine
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup simple syrup, or more to taste (equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves, cooled)
Orange slices
Apple slices
Pomegranate seeds
Mix all ingredients together and let stand in a tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

Read Bobby Flay’s full recipe from the Food Network: here.

Rachael Ray’s White Sangria

3 tablespoons sugar
3 shots Calvados or other apple liquor
1 lime, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
2 ripe peaches, cut into wedges
3 ripe green apples seeded and cut into wedges
1 bottle white Rioja Spanish wine or other dry white wine
1 pint raspberries
Sparkling soda water, for topping off glasses of sangria at table

Combine sugar, Calvados, lime, lemon, peaches and apples in a large pitcher. Cover with 1 bottle of Rioja wine and chill sangria several hours. To serve, spoon fruits into glasses or goblets, adding a few fresh raspberries in each glass, pour wine over top of the fruit. Top glasses of sangria off with a splash of soda water and serve.

Read Rachael Rays’s full recipe from the Food Network here.

Tips to Keep Your White Wine Cold

There is nothing better than enjoying a nice, cold glass of Chardonnay on the deck or patio. But, in the hot summer weather your Chardonnay could get warm. Food Network’s Pioneer Woman Ree Drumond suggests freezing white grapes to use as ice cubes! This clever trick will keep your white wine cold without watering it down.

Do you need to chill a bottle of wine, champagne or beer in a pinch? Grab a bucket or large pot and place the bottle in. Add water and ice. Stir in a few handfuls of table salt. The salt will cause the ice to melt at a lower temperature which will cause the water to become colder faster and will chill your bottle in a 1/3 of the time. Cheers!

A tip to keep in mind all year round is to store your bottles of wine in wine racks or cabinets. This will ensure that your bottles will be stored properly and maintain all its flavor.

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