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.
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.
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
- 1 Drink Pitcher
- 25.4 ounces Cherry Lemon French Soda
- 375 milliliters Pinot Grigio
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup cherries pitted and halved
- 1 lemon thinly sliced
- 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.
- Ice - I never like to add ice into a drink pitcher because it will dilute the drink. Always serve the ice on the side.
- Wine - Always pick the brand of wine that you like to drink when making any beverage.
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Carol at Wild Goose Tea
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.
Very refreshing and summery!
yes and perfect to sip on pool side!
I love sangria – this looks so refreshing. I finally bought a cherry pitter and I am so glad I did.
Danielle–I love my cherry pitter! Perfect for making cherry cobbler in half the time!! 🙂
Christine at Cook the Story
This sounds like the perfect summer cocktail. So refreshing!
Thanks Christine! We will have to share a pitcher one of these days.