This Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria is super easy to make, full of fresh and delicious flavors, and the perfect drink to celebrate the 4th of July or Memorial Day!
Growing up in my family, a “sparkling” fireworks display on the 4th of July was not something you watched.
Heck, no. Fireworks were what we did. ;)
From the days when I was a toddler and could ooh and ahhh over holding my first sparkler, to the epic days in college when we would light up hundreds of dollars of the craziest behind-the-counter fireworks we could get our hands on (and then once those ran out, naturally, blow up just about anything else we could find), the 4th of July in our family was a participatory celebration of patriotism and pyromania. Everyone got involved. Everyone lit or blew at least one thing up. And everyone always had an epically good time.
In fact, I still remember being completely perplexed the first summer that I had moved to Kansas City and piled in the car with some friends to “go out” for fireworks that evening…and they drove us to a big park to watch them being shot off a mile away into the sky. I couldn’t believe it! I mean, what was the fun in that?!?
Well, as all of my cousins have grown up into their 20s and 30s and have now mostly moved out of state or out of the country, unfortunately our family’s pyro parties now rarely happen. And living in a city where fireworks are outlawed, I have finally learned to appreciate a good rooftop party with good friends watching everything sparkle and boom from afar. But this year, I’m actually going to be back home again on the 4th of July taking care of my mom after her surgery. And it just so happens that I spied a fireworks stand just down the road from them when I was in town last weekend. So I think it only seems reasonable that I
blow up light up a little something sparkly. You know, just for old time’s sake, right? Right?? :)
Well, whether you’re the type of person who spends your 4th of July lighting up bottle rockets or kicking it back with a bottle of beer, I have a new recipe today that’s sure to also help make your holiday a little extra sparkling. It’s super easy to make. It’s fresh and sweet and delicious. And I’m pretty sure it’s guaranteed to be the hit of your patriotic party.
Let’s make some red, white and blue sparkling sangria!
To make this red, white and blue sparkling sangria recipe, you will need:
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This Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria recipe is fun, delicious, easy to make, and guaranteed to be the hit of your patriotic party!
*Recipe Update: The original version of this recipe called for 1 cup of apple juice (or white juice) instead of the brandy. I prefer the liqueur to give it more of a kick and reduce the sweetness of the sangria.
*Chilling Time: Heads up that the longer the sangria sits, the redder it will likely become. So if you would like a whiter sangria, I recommend serving it immediately.
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