Colorful Cocktail: Sunset Sangria

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9.12.17

Summer sunsets last deep into the evening. It’s the biggest thing I’ll miss once Autumn rolls around. It’s as if the summer days are patient- they wait for you to finish everything before the stage is set. Then the sunsets start small before they explode into a vibrant glow, like streaks highlighters across the sky. Every week, I try to carve out enough time to drink it in all its splendid color. Make the most of it by drinking in an equally beautiful colorful cocktail… maybe even a Sangria.

It takes sunset watching to the next level, I promise.

Imagine it now: You’re gathering with loved ones on the front porch to watch the sunset fade from a soft pink to a blazing orange that soaks into the entire sky while sipping on this colorful cocktail. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. And it’s icy cold refreshment makes you forget about the heat left over from the afternoon. Breath in the view, drink up the color. Let the stress of the day fall out of sight, even if momentarily. When I am here, this moment is my bliss.

Sunset Sangria
Sunset Sangria

We put together our favorite recipe for a Sunset Sangria, inspired by these from Rachel Ray. Our version is a Rose’ Sangria – with a hint of rum for a kick. It’s filled with bright red cherries and thick slices of fresh tart oranges.This recipe makes a batch of slightly effervescent sangria that tastes like the colors of a sunset. It can be mixed up for any occasion: watching the sunset, picnics on a hilltop, backyard bbq’s, or a girl’s night out at Painting with a Twist. You can paint your sunset and drink it, too!

Ingredients

  • Pitcher of ice cubes
  • 1 bottle of rose’ wine
  • ½ cup citrus rum
  • ½ cup lemon-lime soda
  • Handful of maraschino cherries
  • 1 orange, sliced

 

Directions (Makes 6 servings)

  • Fill pitcher ¾ full of ice cubes.
  • Pour in rose’, citrus rum, and soda.
  • Stir gently.
  • Drop in cherries and orange slices.