“If life hands you lemons, put them in your sangria!” ~ author unknown.

For those of you who have been given lemons lately, well, they could be added to this recipe for a bit more tang.

And if you feel a bit of sour grapes coming on, they too are delicious in sangria! (Couldn't help myself!)

Seriously though, if you wanted to keep your sangria really cold, try freezing slices of lemon on a cookie sheet and then bag them. You will have tasty frozen lemon slices for your water... or sangria. I also freeze grapes from time to time and pop them into drinks.

My sister asked me for the sangria recipe which is the only one that I have ever made. I would say the secret of its delicious taste is in the fruit one chooses to include, but then you could call me a liar.

sangria recipe illustrated

We both know that it is the wine and the cognac that really make this drink so enjoyable.

Special thanks to Joanne, my long time friend, for this recipe that has never failed to please my guests. Over many decades, she has helped me rescue litres (or gallons) of wine trapped in bottles... (I won't divulge how many decades or bottles! We stopped counting a long time ago.)

What is your favourite summer drink? I had so much fun painting this one that I might just paint yours and add it to my sketchbook.

Cheers everyone!

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