Happy Summer, Guys! I’m sitting here at my desk, windows open, crickets chirping, curtains blowing in, ever so gently, every now and then.
Summer is official, and I am loving it.
Today, I’m joining an amazing group of ladies to share some of our favorite summer drink recipes, and you are definitely going to want to make them ASAP. They all look SO. GOOD. The series is hosted by Krista of The Happy Housie, who always does such a fabulous job putting them together, btw!
I can’t say that summer is entirely my favorite season- only because I get so excited whenever a new one starts- each one brings with it a new set of dreams- new ambitions, new projects, new plans, new recipes, new day trip destinations…
I could go on and on, which is why I really don’t have a favorite. I love them all.
But you know what summer has that no other season does?
The routine-ditching, carefree attitude that defines it.
Trip to go get ice cream cones at 8PM with the littles? Sure.
Impromptu day at the beach, complete with lobster rolls and Del’s Lemonade? Absolutely.
Staying up way past bedtime to make s’mores and catch fireflies? On a Wednesday? Comin’ atcha.
And it also has Gingered Sangria Flora.
For me anyway!
This is one of my top 3 favorite Sangria recipes. It’s light and refreshing, with a hint of ginger and elderflower, and lightened up with lots of fresh fruit, of course. So perfect for summer.
If you’re not familiar with elderflower, they are actually the blossoms of elderberries, the same fruit that elderberry syrup is made from.
The blossoms taste completely different than the berries though. They have a really beautiful, super subtle floral aroma. In Germany, where my husband grew up, they use them to make a yummy syrup that they sweeten seltzer water with. They also use them to make tea and wine.
And here in the states, you can buy imported St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur, at just about any package store. It really adds a lightness to this Sangria that I adore, and I think you will too!
This recipe comes from Food and Wine Magazine, with two small changes. I love to top my sangria off with the tiniest splash of ginger beer for a little effervescent kick, and garnish with a basil leaf. It’s the perfect drink to make for your next backyard BBQ, or date night in.
Gingered Sangria Flora
- One 750-milliliter bottle Sauvignon Blanc
- 1 1/2 cups St-Germain elderflower liqueur (or elderflower cordial)
- 1/4 cup Cointreau
- Splash of Ginger Beer
- 6 strawberries, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 6 raspberries
- 2 peaches, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 1 orange, thinly sliced crosswise
- 1 pound green and red grapes
Combine all of the ingredients, except ginger beer and basil, in a pitcher and let stand at room temperature for 3 hours, or cover and refrigerate overnight (overnight tastes bests if you can wait!) Serve in wineglasses, top with a splash of ginger beer, garnish with basil, and serve over ice.
Let me know what you think if you make it, Guys! And don’t forget to check out all of the other recipes being shared today. They all look crazy delicious!
Today I’m joined by over 20 of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their delicious summer drink recipes with you…
Blackberry Mango Real Fruit White Wine Slushies at The Happy Housie Grapefruit Pineapple Margarita at Craftberry Bush Elderflower Rose Wine Spritzer Cocktail at Modern Glam Summer Sangria at Nina Hendrick Simple Summertime Margaritas at The Handmade Home
Refreshing Summer Cocktail at Rooms FOR Rent Pandora Frozen Nightblossom Recipe at All Things With Purpose Lavender Tea Lemonade at A Pretty Life Gingered Sangria Flora at Willow Street Interiors Blueberry Basil Mule at My Sweet Savannah
Keto Ice Cap at Life is a Party Lava Flow Cocktail at The Turquoise Home Raspberry Watermelon Slush at Clean & Scentsible Pina Colada Agua Fresca at Jenna Kate at Home Banana Peach Smoothie at She Gave it a Go
Blackberry Mint Prosecco Smash at Sincerely, Marie Designs Mojito Style Limeade at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Fizz at The DIY Mommy Classic Frozen Pina Colada at Finding Silver Pennies Simple Whisky Sour at Place of My Taste