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Cherry Lemon Sangria

Cherry Lemon Sangria

Oh how I missed sangria for 9+ months. Towards the end of my pregnancy I was dreaming about it (and guzzling a big old glass of cold bubbly beer). I promise I’m not an alcoholic. But there’s something about craving stuff you can’t have. While I was pregnant I was dreaming up all sorts of sangria recipes. This recipe for cherry lemon sangria just happened to be one of them.

Cherry Lemon Sangria

While browsing the aisles of World Market I found a bottle of Artisianal Cherry and Lemon French Soda. I knew that this was going to make the perfect base for the most delicious tasting and refreshing sangria around. I made it the same day I made my Thai Style BBQ Hot & Tangy Sriracha Grilled Wings. The sangria complimented the wings perfectly. Not to mention it was a scorching hot day out and we were spending it poolside at my in-laws house. Thankfully, Mr. Ryder decided to take a longer than normal nap so not only did momma get to take a dip in the pool but she also got to enjoy a glass of this Cherry Lemon Sangria without any crying to be heard.

Cherry Lemon Sangria

In case your wondering about the cherries. I did not keep the pits in them. That’s no fun and gives the consumer way too much work to do. Instead, I used my favorite OXO Cherry Pitter. I can’t imagine pitting cherries any other way, and if you have little ones this is a good job to have them do. My mother in-law was telling me she always let’s my nephew who is 5 pit all the cherries for her. He thinks it’s a game and she gets a little work out of him! It’s a win-win. So whether your cooling off at the pool or inside your home… make a big pitcher of this Cherry Lemon Sangria!

Katie Original Recipe

Cherry Lemon Sangria

Cherry Lemon Sangria


  • 1 bottle Cherry Lemon French Soda
  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced


  1. In a large pitcher, combine cherry lemon french soda, pinot grigio, granulated sugar, half the cherries and lemon. Mix well, then pour over ice. Garnish each glass with a few chopped cherries and a few slices of lemon.

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8 Responses to “Cherry Lemon Sangria”

  1. Christine at Cook the Story posted on July 16, 2014 at 11:00 am (#)

    This sounds like the perfect summer cocktail. So refreshing!

    • Katie replied on July 18th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks Christine! We will have to share a pitcher one of these days.

  2. danielle posted on July 16, 2014 at 11:14 am (#)

    I love sangria – this looks so refreshing. I finally bought a cherry pitter and I am so glad I did.

    • Katie replied on July 18th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Danielle–I love my cherry pitter! Perfect for making cherry cobbler in half the time!! 🙂

  3. Katerina posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:45 am (#)

    Very refreshing and summery!

    • Katie replied on July 18th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      yes and perfect to sip on pool side!

  4. Carol at Wild Goose Tea posted on July 17, 2014 at 9:54 pm (#)

    Sangria is THE perfect summer drink in my book—especially if you are having a few people over. This is one is perfect with all the fresh cherries that are here at the moment.

    • Katie replied on July 18th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Carol!

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