There’s nothing better on a hot Summer day than something delightfully refreshing, delicious and…pink! Our latest installment of Cocktail Couture features a Sparkling Strawberry Sangria that will delight your eyes as well as your palate and coordinate beautifully with your favorite Lilly Pulitzer outfit! For that reason I love serving it in these colorful Lilly Pulitzer acrylic glasses which are perfect for casual outdoor and poolside entertaining.
While it doesn’t quite fit the conventional recipe, this drink does meet certain sangria criteria including the presence of chopped fruit (strawberries and raspberries), a bottle of wine (a delightfully dry rosé, I like these), a sweetener (pomegranate juice), and Prosecco rather than seltzer for sparkle (I like this one). Instead of brandy, I substituted Chambord, a delicious liqueur infused with black raspberry, Madagascar vanilla and Cognac which beautifully enhances the flavor of the berries.
Much like sangria, this drink should be prepared a couple hours in advance to allow the flavors to marry. Also, to prevent your pitcher of pinkness from getting watered down during your Summer soirée, use pomegranate juice ice cubes and more chilled Prosecco to keep your drink cold and flavorful. Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your own personal taste and I hope you enjoy this Sparkling Strawberry Sangria as much as we do!
“Sparkling Strawberry Sangria”
1 750mL bottle dry rosé wine
3 cups Prosecco or other dry sparkling wine (keep the remainder of the bottle chilling in the fridge)
3 Tablespoons Chambord
3/4 cup pomegranate juice plus a tray of pomegranate juice ice cubes
6 ounces frozen raspberries
8 ounces fresh strawberries trimmed and halved, plus additional for garnish
1/4 cup packed mint leaves
This drink can be prepared 1-2 hours in advance which will allow the flavors to meld. Add frozen raspberries, sliced strawberries and mint leaves to a pitcher. Top with the bottle of rosé wine, Chambord and Pomegranate juice and gently mix to combine. Chill the pitcher in the fridge until your guests arrive then add Prosecco and stir gently. Garnish glasses with strawberries and serve! To keep the pitcher chilled throughout your party, add pomegranate juice ice cubes to the pitcher or individual glasses and top with remaining chilled Prosecco as needed ~ Cheers!