7 Delicious Types Of Sangria You Should Make (Recipes)

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Sangria, anyone?

The wine-based libation always strikes me as a rare treat — something you might indulge in at a fancy dinner or a classy cocktail party. Indeed, there’s a lot to love about the drink that somehow manages to be both elegant and fun at the same time, but there’s absolutely nothing exclusive about it.

Sangria is one of the easiest drinks to make. You need little more than wine and fruit, and it is both budget-friendly (the cheaper the wine, the better since you’ll be doctoring it up anyway) and darn near foolproof.

From the classic to the nearly wacky (but still delicious!), here are some great sangria recipes that will really impress your guests!

1. Three-Ingredient Sangria

Here’s your run-of-the-mill, standard sangria. And yet it’s so much more than that, as both new and experienced drinkers alike can attest to! Feel free to use the wine, soda and fruit formula and experiment with it as you please.

2. Mango Strawberry Sangria

Delicious and refreshing! This one is fabulous virgin, too. You can swap out the booze for something like sparkling apple cider, white grape juice or lemonade.

3. Mint and Citrus White Wine Sangria

There’s something just totally upscale yet fun about this pale, tangy version that almost tastes more like a gimlet or mojito. For an extra kick, add a splash of tequila, rum, citrus sparkling water, ginger ale or lemon-lime soda.

4. Sparkling Sangria

Brandy and triple sec make this cocktail strong but sneaky, so be careful! You can use any fruit you want, though I think this would be particularly stunning with a sliced blood orange.

5. Iced Tea Sangria

I absolutely love this one with a mild-flavored tea like a white or a fruit tea, though it’s also quite nice with a gentle green. Want to use red wine instead? Consider pairing it with a more robust tea, like spiced orange, plus a splash of brandy or triple sec wouldn’t hurt.

6. Rhubarb Sangria

This light, sparkling pink drink is stunning, and it’s so good with the classic strawberry-rhubarb pairing.

7. Peach Sangria Slushies

Need something supremely refreshing to cool you off? Consider freezing and blending your sangria like so. P.S. This recipe is great with frozen peaches, and you won’t need to blanch them like it says to in the instructions.

Featured Photo Credit: Public Domain Pictures

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This Starbucks Ombre Tea Is Stunning! (Photos)

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Starbucks is following the fame of the Unicorn Frappuccino with another pretty and totally Instagram-worthy drink.

Between this and Starbucks’ latest partnership with Lady Gaga, the coffee giant is really stepping up its fun-and-colorful drinks game.

Just in time for those hot summer months, Starbucks has released a new drink that is sure to both dazzle and refresh you. 

The Starbucks Sangria Red Tea is an ombre iced drink with orange at the bottom blending into sangria shades of red, and topped off with fruit. 

It’s like a beautiful sunset in a cup, only drinkable and probably sweeter.

You don’t need to imagine it, just check out the photo below:

??~??? ?? New fav summer drink ?? Starbucks Sangria Red Tea ¶? The best part is eating all the fruit ?????? #???????

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Of course, it doesn’t contain alcohol (like the sangria you drink with those tapas at happy hour). 

But it may take you back to long summer days drinking sangria on the wide beaches of Barcelona (or in your backyard).

The exact ingredients used in the drink don’t appear to be listed anywhere public, but people who’ve tried it have speculated. 

The beautiful red layer on top is very reminiscent of the Teavana Berry Sangria Herbal Tea, which was offered during summer 2016, according to Delish. 

The lighter, bottom layer appears to be orange juice. Topping off the drink is what appears to be a melange of orange and apple slices (and possibly even grapes).

Just check out this video posted by Starbucks to see how it all comes together:

Before you rush to your local Starbucks, you should know that this exotic drink is only available in South Korea (hence the Instagram captions in Korean).

So, yeah, unless you live there or are planning on visiting some time soon, no Starbucks Sangria Red Tea for you.

Bummer.

On the plus side, you can always try to create a similarly pretty and fruity drink at home!

But if you really need a Starbucks ombre drink now, you can order the Starbucks Ombre Pink Drink.

Ombre everywhere. 

Source: Delish / Photo credit: Divya Thakur/Flickr, kieunchoi/Instagram, starbuckskorea/Instagram

Tags: Ombre, Sangria, Starbucks
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