Red, White, & Blue Sangria

Thank you, everyone, for your understanding about my unexpected absence from the blog last week. My grandmother passed away a little over a week ago and I just wanted to take some time away to spend time with my family.

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The winner of the It Works! giveaway is Mary Ellen Satori!

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This week I have a whole series of posts related to the Fourth of July! This was supposed to post last week, but… we will just forge ahead and talk about all things patriotic this week!

First, let’s talk decorations. I’m absolutely crazy about decorating for the holidays. There is just something about a fun tablescape (I’m channeling my inner Sandra Lee) to set the patriotic mood. I decorate for almost every holiday (and a few non-holidays as well) and I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive decor. My go-to shops are Walmart, Target’s dollar spot and holiday aisles, Hobby Lobby, and Party City. I save everything I use and then re-purpose it in some way the next year.

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For example, most of the decor above came from Hobby Lobby: the balloons, the bunting, the fabric, the napkins and hats, and the mini-lanterns. I’ll reuse everything for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and of course the 4th of July.

I also made some fun treats to enjoy while we watch fireworks.

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The cones are just waffle cones that I dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles. The strawberries  were cleaned then dipped in white chocolate and then in blue sprinkles. Super easy and a big hit with the 4 year old!

Lastly I want to leave you with the perfect drink recipe for your festivities. Make it the night before and then sit it out for your guests to enjoy all day or night long!

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Red, White, & Blue Sangria

Ingredients:

  • One bottle white moscato
  • One bottle sweet red wine
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Apples
  • Berries: raspberries or strawberries and blackberries or blueberries. Or all!

Sangria could not be easier to make. The best part of it is that you can really customize it and add whatever you want.

Directions:

  1. Add both bottles of wine to a pitcher. This makes a large pitcher but if you are making this for a crowd you’ll want to double the recipe. I never use expensive wine – I almost always choose Cupcake, Barefoot, or Yellowtail brand. You just want a moscato and a sweet red wine.
  2. Make your simple syrup. You can skip this step if you find the wine is sweet enough on its own. Simply add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup water to a saucepan. For this recipe I added a splash of vanilla and brought the mixture to a boil. Turn to simmer and let the syrup thicken. I let this sit for 30 minutes and then poured into the pitcher with the wine.
  3. Add your fruit. You’ll want something red, white, and blue to match the theme. I used apples as the white, strawberries as the red, and blueberries as the blue. You could use raspberries, blackberries, cherries… make it your own!
  4. **Optional: add liquor to make it a little stronger. Flavored or plain vodka would be a good match. I’d start with 1/2 cup and increase if you are doubling the recipe.
  5. Let the sangria cool in the fridge 2 hour to overnight.

See? Easy peasy right?

Come back tomorrow for Delish Delights – I’ll be sharing the recipe for my famous grits n’ greens casserole!

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