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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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
It looks and sounds amazing! I guess it is pretty refreshing :)
Looks fantastic! I’m definitely going to check out Somm too — I’ve always wondered what it takes to be a true wine expert!
Looks like a fun by-the-pool summer drink :)
This looks so tasty and easy to make Ali! Love it! (and it looks gorgeous!)
This really is the best summer drink. So easy to make and perfect for poolside or a summer BBQ
So delicious and so easy to make it. Looks like the perfect summer drink.
I seriously LOVE this sangria!!! Beautiful and refreshing!
I have to question if that recipe is printed correctly. NINE CUPS of strawberries?
Holy shizzle! This looks so yummy!
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.
OMG I have to watch this doc. And, ain’t no shame in two buck chuck. It gets the job done! ;)Beautiful concoction!
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!
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.
Your Rainbow Sangria link is spitting out the 404 error of doom in this article. You can find the link here. https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/rainbow-sangria-recipe/
Oh no! Thanks for letting me know. Just fixed it. :)
What a gorgeous summer drink!!
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.
We are going “Fruity” on the Forth! We will add this to our menu! I love that this has honey in it.
Love making sangria from cheap wine! This one looks especially delicious.
This is perfect for this Memorial Day weekend! Cheers!
Thanks, I hope you have a great weekend!
Came here to look at a roundup, but I saw this and was stunned by its beauty. Can’t wait to make this at a summer barbecue.
Thanks, Lexi, I hope you enjoy it! : )
Perfect recipe for the summer!
Thanks, we hope you enjoy it!
Gorgeous photos! It’s so hot here in DC right now that it’s time to break out the fruity sangria! Is it 5 o’clock yet?
Karen, there’s not much we love more than some cold, fresh and fruity sangria on a ridiculously hot day. It’s 90 right now, where I live, but it feels like 100. Stay cool!
Can’t wait to break out the sangria at my next get together!
Wonderful, we hope you love it, Mary!
You’re always my go to for great recipes and I just realized that you’re from Kansas City too! Way to represent!!
Thank you, Courtnie, we’re so glad you love the blog! : )
Oh I love sangria, especially with strawberries! :))
We hope you enjoy this Aimee! :)
Mmmm, I want one glass sangria, please!
This is certainly a very refreshing drink. I think very soon to try it :)
I love apple sangria, and I`ll definitely try this one :)
Thank you for the recipe :)
Thanks Fellice — we hope you enjoy this one!
This looks refreshing and fantastic. My girl loves strawberry and this is next on my list for her. Nice article accompanied with very good snaps. Thanks.
Thanks — we hope you both enjoy! :)
Perfect summer drink! Can`t wait to make it!
Thanks Beth — we hope you enjoy it! :)
Sangria and Strawberries. Cannot wait to try that. I’ve recently tried a similar one when I was in Lisbon visiting a friend of mine. Yours does look better!
Thank you Natasha — we hope you enjoy it! :)
This looks delicious! Must give it a try soon. Thanks for sharing!
xo Anna Lynn with Waiting On Martha
Thanks Anna — we hope you enjoy! :)
Beautiful! So perfect for summer :D
Thank you Chrisy — we hope you enjoy this!
Love this! Sounds so yummy for hot summer days!