Strawberry Sangria

This strawberry sangria recipe takes just minutes to make, and is naturally sweetened with fresh fruit and honey.

Strawberry Sangria -- easy to make, and naturally sweetened with honey! | gimmesomeoven.com

A few weeks ago, upon the recommendation of my bloggy friends Dana and John, I watched the documentary Somm.

Have you seen it?  (If not, you can stream it on Netflix.)

Basically, it’s a documentary following four master sommelier candidates as they study for their exam.  Only 10% of candidates pass this crazy difficult exam, and it’s only offered once a year.  And these guys’ skills are unreal.  With literally one sniff and taste, they can know exactly the vintage, region and vineyard of a specific wine.  And of course, they say things like:  “Wine 1 is a white wine, clear star bright…. Aromas coming out are like this lime candy, lime zest, crushed apples, underripe green mango, underripe melon, melon skin, green pineapple. And the palate: Wine is bone dry, really this, like, crushed slate, and crushed chalky note, like crushed hillside. There’s white florals almost like a fresh-cut flower, white flowers, white lilies, no evidence of oak. There’s a kind of a fresh—like a freshly opened can of tennis balls, and a fresh new rubber hose.” (-Ian Cauble)

No kidding.  Freshly opened can of tennis balls.

Of course, Yours Truly was sitting on the couch watching these guys while drinking a glass of 2-buck chuck.   Keepin’ it classy.  (And beginning to wonder if it smelled like freshly opened can of…?)

Actually, I have nothing against 2-buck chuck.  But that particular glass was leftover from making a batch of the drink that is the main reason I always keep cheap wine in the house: sangria.

Strawberry Sangria -- easy to make, and naturally sweetened with honey! | gimmesomeoven.com

Oh, sangria.  It will always be one of my favorite summer drinks.  I love the colors (clearly, if you saw my rainbow sangria recipe).  I love all of that fresh fruit (the more, the merrier when I serve it).  I love how crisp and chilled and refreshing it is on a hot summer day.

And I love how ridiculously easy it is to make.

 

Strawberry Sangria -- easy to make, and naturally sweetened with honey! | gimmesomeoven.com

This strawberry sangria — that I am guest-posting about on Better Homes & Garden’s Delish Dish blog today — is no exception.

The recipe is basically their classic strawberry sangria (made with a hint of orange) made a little bit simpler and naturally sweetened with honey.  So instead of taking the extra step to make simple syrup and cook your strawberries, you just stir all of the ingredients together and let the flavors all meld together for hours until it is ready to enjoy.

Literally, it takes about 10 minutes to make.  And it is soooo yummy and refreshing.

And the best part about sangria?  You can use cheap wines to make it, which I’m sure the Somm guys wouldn’t come anywhere near.  But I happen to consider myself an amateur sangia sommelier, and I say they taste just as good once all of those flavors are blended together.

So hop on over to Better Homes & Gardens’ site for the recipe, and stir up a batch for yourself today!

Strawberry Sangria -- easy to make, and naturally sweetened with honey! | gimmesomeoven.com

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens.  I am guest-posting a Month of Drinks series on their site, and wanted to share them here with you as well.  But all opinions are 100% my own as always.

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  1. Bri | Bites of Bri — June 10, 2014 @ 5:15 am (#)

    This looks great. Plus, our local farmer said this was going to be the last week of strawberries at the farmer’s market. I’ll have to make it ASAP!

  2. Medeja — June 10, 2014 @ 5:47 am (#)

    It looks and sounds amazing! I guess it is pretty refreshing :)

  3. Jacki @ Two Forks One Love — June 10, 2014 @ 8:49 am (#)

    Looks fantastic! I’m definitely going to check out Somm too — I’ve always wondered what it takes to be a true wine expert!

  4. Amanda — June 10, 2014 @ 9:22 am (#)

    Looks like a fun by-the-pool summer drink :)

  5. Millie l Add A Little — June 10, 2014 @ 9:53 am (#)

    This looks so tasty and easy to make Ali! Love it! (and it looks gorgeous!)
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

  6. Matt Robinson — June 10, 2014 @ 1:03 pm (#)

    This really is the best summer drink. So easy to make and perfect for poolside or a summer BBQ

  7. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen — June 10, 2014 @ 1:27 pm (#)

    So delicious and so easy to make it. Looks like the perfect summer drink.

  8. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — June 10, 2014 @ 3:13 pm (#)

    I seriously LOVE this sangria!!! Beautiful and refreshing!

  9. Angela @ Honey, I Shrunk the Mom — June 10, 2014 @ 3:30 pm (#)

    I have to question if that recipe is printed correctly. NINE CUPS of strawberries?

  10. Tony — June 10, 2014 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    Nice drink

  11. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 10, 2014 @ 8:01 pm (#)

    Holy shizzle! This looks so yummy!

  12. Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking — June 10, 2014 @ 8:59 pm (#)

    Love sangrias! Yet have never made one. Maybe I need to finally try it, you make it sound so easy! Also, now I need to find that documentary on Netflix.

  13. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — June 10, 2014 @ 9:19 pm (#)

    OMG I have to watch this doc. And, ain’t no shame in two buck chuck. It gets the job done! ;)Beautiful concoction!

  14. Samina | The Cupcake Confession — June 10, 2014 @ 11:54 pm (#)

    Sangria is just suchhhh a perfect summery drink and I loveeeee all those pretty colors and fruity notes!!!! hahahaha!!!!! I never knew there could be soooo many notes to wines!!!! Freshly opened can of tennis balls is just EPIC!

  15. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — June 11, 2014 @ 7:12 pm (#)

    Sangria is the perfect summer drink. I am already in the habit of sitting on my deck after work and have an ‘adult’ summer drink. This is a particularly gorgeous version.

  16. Vance Rancho — June 15, 2014 @ 7:44 pm (#)

    Your Rainbow Sangria link is spitting out the 404 error of doom in this article. You can find the link here. http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/rainbow-sangria-recipe/

    • Ali — June 15, 2014 @ 10:47 pm (#)

      Oh no! Thanks for letting me know. Just fixed it. :)

      ~Ali

  17. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — June 16, 2014 @ 7:32 pm (#)

    What a gorgeous summer drink!!

  18. Meggan | Culinary Hill — June 17, 2014 @ 3:18 pm (#)

    What a gorgeous and delicious summer drink! I agree with you, cheap wines work so well in Sangria because they are just going to mixed with honey and fresh fruit anyway! You seriously take the prettiest photos, too.

  19. Mary Withrow — June 29, 2014 @ 8:34 pm (#)

    We are going “Fruity” on the Forth! We will add this to our menu! I love that this has honey in it.

  20. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — July 20, 2014 @ 7:19 am (#)

    Love making sangria from cheap wine! This one looks especially delicious.

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