Sweet summer sangria and spritzer

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Spritzers and sangrias are the perfect refresher to make for any BBQ! Brooke Martin joined us with an easy recipe for a sangria and spritzer. Plus, she also mentioned a wine that pairs well with BBQ food.

Traditional Spanish Sangria


  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 ½ cups of rum or brandy
  • 1/4 cup of sugar 
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 2 cups of ginger ale, club soda, Fresca (optional if you want it carbonated)


  1. Slice the fruit into thin rounds and place in a pitcher
  2. Pour in the rum and sugar
  3. Chill this in the fridge for at least 2 hours to develop the flavors
  4. When you are ready to serve, stir in the bottle of wine and the orange juice
  5. Add carbonated drinks, if desired

Pros of sangria: 

  • Easy to make
  • Huge hit for summer events
  • Can make with red or white wine
  • Can spice it up, change it up as desired
  • Can add any type of fruits; strawberries, blueberries, apples, pears, peaches, etc.

Rosé Spritzer


  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle of rosé wine—about 5-7 servings
  • A carbonated drink: club soda, Fresca, sprite, etc.
  • Garnish with a slice of fruit: lemon, strawberry, etc.


  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes
  2. Fill the glass with half the rosé and then half with the carbonated drink
  3. Can adjust accordingly

Pros of sprtizers:

  • Easy to make
  • Not a strong alcoholic drink, perfect for those looking for a more mellow drinking option
  • Also a great way to use “leftover” wine. What is leftover wine?? 😉
  • Lower calorie option when compared to other mixed drinks

Red Wine Option For BBQ Food

Brooke said that big, bold reds go great with hamburgers, steaks, barbecued ribs and beef tenderloin. Match these meats with a Bordeaux, California Cabernet or a Barolo.

If you end up going spicy with the food, a Zinfandel, Shiraz or Argentine Malbec would be a good option.

For all things wine, visit Instagram: @thebrookeblend.

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