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Trade Secret from Professional Party Planners – How to Make Amazing Boxed Wine Sangria

How to make exceptional sangria using boxed wine for a party or just imbibing on a budget.

 

Summer weekends were made for gathering friends in a shady spot where the breeze is warm and the drinks are cold. To throw a spirited little party that won’t break the bank we’ll enlist the help of our frugal little friend – boxed wine. 

 

I know some people recoil at the thought of serving wine that comes in a box.  In defense of spigot wielding wine, it’s so much better than it was a few years ago.  Many high end wine producers are thinking inside the box as an economical and eco-friendly way to get wine to consumers.  So, if you’re entertaining a crowd or just imbibing on a budget, proudly opt for the box.

 

Boxed wine comes in many price points and levels of quality and value. For the purpose of making sangria I suggest skipping the high end quality and going for budget friendly quantity.

 

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Besides, it is sacrilege to mix good wine with fruit and soda.

 

Boxed wine sangria is the penny pinching party planner’s best friend and has been used for years by party professionals and caterers as a way to stretch the clients budget without sacrificing quality. That’s because when you mix boxed with fruit, juice and soda – it tastes the same as expensive wine.  I’ve seen it served at some very, very exclusive parties and guests happily guzzle it by the gallon.  

 

Here’s one of my favorite recipes: Sizzle and Pop – Sparkling Lemon Sangria with Lemon Raspberry Popsicles 

For spectacular entertaining on a budget - Lemon Sangria paired with Lemon Raspberry Popsicles. So refreshing it almost hurts!

 

How to make boxed wine sangria

 

Here are the seven elements needed to make perfect sangria along with some examples. 

 

They are:

 

  1. Wine – Red, White or Rosé
  2. Fruit – see below for pairing suggestions
  3. Sweetener – sugar, honey, agave, stevia
  4. Booze for a kick – brandy, cognac, triple sec, Grand Marnier, fruit liquor, vodka, light rum
  5. Juice – orange, lemon, apple, pomegranate, cherry, pear, apricot, mango
  6. Mixer – lemon lime soda, ginger ale, sparkling water, flavored sparkling water, green, black or herb tea 
  7. Garnish – fruit slices, fresh herbs, ginger, cinnamon, jalapeño peppers  

 

Red, rosé or white, in any variety can make terrific sangria.  It’s a matter of pairing the right additions with the wine. When you taste the fruity notes in the flavor profile the wine it will tell you what fruit it wants to be friends with. 

 

Here’s a general key for sangria fruit and vino pairings. Of course, if you experiment you’ll come up with combinations uniquely your own.

 

  • Light dry whites (Pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, Chablis, crisp white, refreshing white) play well with citrus, white grapes, apples and pears.
  • Sweeter whites (chardonnay, Rhine, moscato,) enjoy the company of peaches, apricots, kiwi, honeydew melon, pineapple.
  • Rose varieties (White zinfandel, White Merlot, White Grenache, sunset blush) hit it off with strawberries, raspberries, pineapple and cantaloupe.
  • Light bodied reds (burgundy, merlot, chillable red) like raspberries, strawberries.
  • Full bodied reds (cabernet sauvignon, chianti) like to mingle with cherries, plums, and red berries.

 

How to make exceptional sangria using boxed wine for a party or just imbibing on a budget.

 

They all pair beautifully with porch swings, BBQs, belly laughs, plastic cups, lawn chairs, friends with guitars, star gazing and dancing barefoot in the grass.

 

I hope you’ll bust out the boxed wine for some no fuss sipping and let the secret of sangria to turn inexpensive box wine from swill to swell.

For spectacular entertaining on a budget - Lemon Sangria paired with Lemon Raspberry Popsicles. So refreshing it almost hurts!

BOXED WINE SANGRIA AKA CARDBORDEAUX

blankPatti Diamond
How to make exceptional sangria using boxed wine for a party or just imbibing on a budget.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Suggested Refrigeration Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Course Beverages, Holidays and Entertaining, Very Diva
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 to 2 cups mixed fruit harmonious pairings suggested above
  • 3 cups red, rose, or white wine one 750ml bottle
  • ½ to 1 cup liquor like brandy, triple sec, light rum, vodka – or a combination
  • ¼ to ½ cup fruit juice like orange, lemon, pomegranate, peach, whatever floats your boat
  • ⅛ to ¼ cup sweetener of choice such as sugar, simple syrup, honey, agave
  • Up to 3 cups mixer like sparkling water, lemon-lime soda, ginger ale
  • Optional - Additional fruit slices for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a large pitcher, mix fruit, wine, liquor, juice, and sweetener. Let this infuse together in the fridge as long as you can stand it. That’s at least one hour, six hours is better, but overnight is much better.
  • To serve, fill wine glass with ice; pour in sangria about halfway, then top it off with mixer and give it a little stir. Garnish with fruit slices if desired.
  • Kick back and Enjoy!!!
Keyword By the Pitcher, Cocktails, Fruit, Game Day, Independence Day, New Year's Eve, Summer, Super Bowl
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

You may also like – Not Another Dinner Party Please   One Ingredient Dulce de Leche   Sizzle and Pop – Sparkling Lemon Sangria with Lemon Raspberry Popsicles 

 

 


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