Life literally gave me lemons this week. A friend shared her bounty of lemons with me and that inspired this bright Sparkling Lemon Sangria. This recipe uses boxed wine so whether you’re entertaining a crowd or imbibing on a budget – this is really affordable.
To add some pop to our sizzle let’s make Lemon Raspberry Popsicles to dip in our sangria. They’ll add color, flavor and keep our sangria nice and cold.
It’s the perfect summer combination. Dip, slurp, sip, repeat.
Sparkling Lemon Sangria
What You’ll Need:
- Makes one (½ gallon) pitcher.
- 3 cups dry white wine – I used Franzia Crisp White
- 1 cup lemonade – fresh squeezed and lightly sweetened, ideally.
- ½ cup vodka
- 1 to 2 cups mixed fruit – sliced lemon, lime and frozen raspberries
- 1 – 2 cups seltzer water, or lemon sparkling water or lemon lime soda
Measurements can be adjusted to your taste. Mix wine, lemonade, vodka and fruit in a large pitcher and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight. Just before serving add the seltzer water and stir. Serve in tumbler glasses with more sliced fruit as garnish accompanied with the popsicles. Recipe below.
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What I love about this lemon sangria is it’s not too sweet. It’s zingy. If you like yours sweeter use lemon lime soda or lemon sparkling water instead of seltzer.
Lemon Raspberry Popsicles
What You’ll Need:
- Lemon lime soda
- Frozen raspberries
We’re going to make these popsicles in layers. Mix equal parts lemonade and lemon lime soda and carefully fill the bottom one third of your ice pop mold and freeze with popsicle sticks. For the next third place whole frozen raspberries and pour a little lemonade soda mixture to cover. Freeze. For the final third; mash defrosted raspberries with the lemon and soda mixture to make a colorful flavorful top layer. Freeze until completely frozen. Serve with lemon sangria.
Here’s wishing you a party that sparkles and pops embracing box wine. If you still want to hide the box, I won’t tell.