It's the weekend! None too soon too. Got home from work yesterday, was supposed to do all these things like go shopping for the custard tart I'm going to make, but I fell asleep instead. Calypso would NOT stop meowing at me after what I thought was approximately 8 minutes of napping so I scooped her up, plopped her on a blanket and shut my eyes again. Another approximate 8 minutes later my phone went off. I checked the clock and lo and behold it had not been 16 minutes but much closer to an hour and a half. An HOUR and a HALF!!!
Can you believe that? I don't nap you guys. It's just not something my brain will allow, which is ridiculously frustrating. But apparently, I needed a massive snooze so badly that I didn't even notice I had slept. Luckily though, I did not miss happy hour, and it's Friday so it's time for a cocktail, which brings me to this Mint Cherry Berry Summer Sangria. Let's start this weekend off right with a nice long nap and afterwards a tasty beverage to get the evening going!
Summer is all about cherries. Unfortunately, they are usually about $8962346 per bag. However, as I was scanning the produce department as I'm wont to do, dark red cherries were on sale for only $2.99!! Those pretty pink, red, and gold Mt. Rainier cherries were not on sale, I was informed. Major bummer. BUT! I was so excited about those red cherries I bought two bags with the intention of bringing them to the beach for the 4th of July...Nope. Came back from a successfully exhausting beach day to both bags hanging out in the produce drawer. WHAT to do with all these leftover cherries? Eat them obviously but there's only so much the stomach can take. Well, throw them into a pitcher with some berries, fresh mint, white wine, lemonade and a little citrus soda for sparkle for a refreshing Sangria.
Honestly, that's pretty much it! To make this Mint Cherry Berry Summer Sangria you just add all the ingredients into a large pitcher, mix, and chill for a couple hours. Dooooone. The secret to this particular sangria recipe is a little bit of Limoncello Liquor to really give it a touch of summer. I also used raspberry lemonade instead of regular to create that pretty pink color ????. SO let's getting to celebrating the weekend, bottoms up friends!
- 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc white wine
- 1/2 cup Limoncello liqueur
- 1 1/2 cup raspberry lemonade
- 1 cup Sprite
- 1 cup fresh cherries, stems removed, pitted, and halved
- 6 ounces raspberries
- 6 ounces blackberries
- 3 springs fresh mint, stems removed
- Add fruit and mint into a large pitcher.
- Pour wine, Limoncello, lemonade, and Sprite over the fruit.
- Gently stir together and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.