How to enjoy summer fruits….the secret is in the sangria!

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

(Throwback Thursday 2019: I would add to this post from 2016 that local, fresh strawberries such as we picked yesterday, would be delicious in sangria! Above header photo was taken in Torremolinos, Spain, during our second visit to La Carihuela. The sangria was awesome!)

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. Please do leave me a comment below.

(P.S. 2019 – Today, for some odd reason, I am missing Spain…visit my posts from our second visit in 2017 ,  Smile for me once more, The rain in Spain,  and Spain will once more add pages to my travel book. We were in Spain in 2014, 2017, and 2018.)

Cheers everyone!

Sensuous hands of the flamenco watercolour sketch

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