August 28th is National Red Wine Day — and what better way to celebrate and cool down on a hot summer day than to whip up a batch of ice-cold sangrias! Make this classic cocktail with just a few simple ingredients or mix things up by trying out these delicious red wine sangria recipes. Either way, it’ll be a festive celebration!
1. Traditional Spanish Red Sangria
This easy homemade sangria recipe will transport you to Spain with just one sip!
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
1 green apple
1 orange (+ more for juicing)
1 lemon (+ more for juicing)
1 cup sliced strawberries
1-2 T maple syrup or honey
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 c lemon juice
1 cup sparkling water
1/3 cup brandy
750 ml bottle Spanish red wine, such as Garnacha or Rioja
First, prepare your fruit and juices. Dice the apple into small pieces with the skin on. Slice your orange and lemon into thin wheels. Remove the tops and hull your strawberries, then slice. Juice the oranges until you have about 3/4 cup of juice and the lemons until you have about 1/4 cup of juice.
Add 1/2 of the apple and a 1/2 cup of the strawberries to a large pitcher and crush with a muddler or wooden spoon. Add orange juice, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Crush the fruit again, then stir. Add sparkling water, brandy, and red wine, then stir to combine. Add additional maple syrup or juices to taste. Add orange and lemon slices, plus the remaining apples and strawberries, and the ice. Stir it again to incorporate all of the ingredients.
Chill before serving — two hours is ideal. Finally, ladle it into glasses (be sure to put fruit in every serving!) and garnish it with an orange wheel. Enjoy!
Pair this easy homemade sangria recipe with traditional Spanish favorites like empanadas, paella, or carrillada — beef or pork braised in delicious tomato sauce. Yum!
2. Sparkling Sangria
You’ll love this easy recipe for red wine sangria with a twist! Because isn’t everything better with bubbles?
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
1 red apple, such as Fuji or Gala
1 cup sliced strawberries
1-2 T honey
1/4 cup orange juice or triple sec
1/2 cup sparkling apple juice
750 mL bottle Spanish red wine, such as Garnacha or Rioja
750 mL bottle prosecco
Combine the orange juice, sparkling apple juice, red wine, and honey in a pitcher and stir to combine. Slice the apple and orange into small wedges and add them to the pitcher. Stir, then chill it until it’s ready to serve — at least two hours. Fill individual glasses about halfway, making sure to include some fruit in each serving. Top off each glass with prosecco, garnish it with a strawberry, and enjoy!
This bubbly drink is fun and festive. Serve it at a party with a charcuterie board of crackers, cheeses, cured meats, dried fruit, and nuts to be the hostess with the most-ess! It’s the perfect combination for your next paint party!
3. Tropical Sangria
This is the perfect version of sangria for sipping on the beach or by the pool. Plus, if you’re not the biggest fan of cocktails made with red wine, this one is excellent with a white, too.
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Dice the mango and pineapple, and slice the orange into thin wedges. Juice the orange to yield 1/4 cup. Add the mango, pineapple, orange wedges, and cherries to a large pitcher. Crush with a muddler or a wooden spoon. Add the pineapple juice, orange juice, rum, and wine. Stir to combine. Chill before serving — at least two hours. Serve it over ice, and garnish it with a pineapple wedge and a whole maraschino cherry. A tiny umbrella is strongly encouraged!
Enjoy this tropical treat while munching on shrimp (or fish) tacos! Warm up some corn tortillas and throw together a simple mango salsa and lime slaw to top your tacos, and you’ve got an easy and awesome summer meal.
4. Frozen Red Sangria
Frosé, meet your match! This frozen sangria recipe may just be your new favorite frozen cocktail.
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 T lemon juice
1 T lime juice
1-2 T honey or agave
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup triple sec
1 ½ cups red wine, such as Pinot Noir or Garnacha
Fresh strawberries for garnish
Combine the frozen strawberries, honey, juices, triple sec, and red wine in a blender and blend until smooth. Add additional sweetener to taste. Add ice by the handful and blend it until you reach the desired consistency. Pour your frozen concoction into glasses, garnish each with a strawberry, and serve it immediately.
Sip this summer slushie while snacking on chips and homemade guacamole for a truly refreshing treat on a hot day!
5. Summer Berry Sangria
Want to make the most of summer produce? This fruity beverage packed with ripe berries will do the trick!
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
1-2 T honey
1/2 cup sparkling water
1/2 cup cherry liqueur
750 mL bottle red wine, such as Garnacha or Pinot Noir
Add 1/2 cup of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries into a large pitcher and crush with a muddler or wooden spoon. Add the honey and cherry liqueur. Crush the fruit again, then stir. Add the sparkling water and red wine, then stir it to combine. Add additional honey, sparkling water, or liqueur to taste. Add the remaining berries, and stir it all together to incorporate all the ingredients. Chill before serving — ideally two hours. Ladle it into glasses with plenty of berries and start sipping!
This easy homemade sangria recipe is the perfect complement to a big summery salad loaded with mixed greens, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, corn, and any other fresh summery veggies. If you have a sweet tooth, how about a light dessert like flourless chocolate cake or lemon meringue pie?
Whether you’re hosting a summer cookout or making dinner for one, preparing a meal doesn’t have to be complicated or cause you stress! As temperatures continue to rise, you can cool down with these 12 colorful recipes that are light on calories but still full on flavor.
12 Flavorful and Filling Low-Cal Recipes
If you’re tired of cooking ‘the same old thing’ and need inspiration for your next family dinner or neighborhood get-together, the following recipes are a healthy way to satisfy the cravings of a multitude of tastes.
1. Zoodles with Summer Vegetables
Few meals are healthier (or prettier) than a plate full of summer vegetables, and this zoodle recipe from Pure Wow checks all those boxes and more. With less than ten ingredients, only four steps to follow, and just 240 calories per serving, these zoodles are a quick and delicious dish you’ll definitely want in your recipe repertoire.
2. Shrimp and Corn Stir Fry
If you’re already growing squash or tomatoes in your garden, these summer staples make a lovely complement to the seasoned shrimp in Taste of Home’s stir fry. This recipe can be ready in 20 minutes (prep included), making it a great go-to for those nights when you want to whip something up in a flash.
3. Peach and Prosciutto Flatbread
Fresh peaches are a summer favorite, and this flatbread from Delish is a wonderful way to enjoy them. By using whole wheat naan for the crust, you’ll save on calories without sacrificing on taste thanks to the sweetness of the fruit paired with the saltiness of the prosciutto.
4. Rainbow Panzanella Salad
This beautiful panzanella salad from Healthy Seasonal Recipes is full of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and onion to give it ample flavor, color, and crunch. It’s the perfect meal to bring to summer potlucks and events, and you’re likely to have others asking for the recipe after they’ve tried it.
5. Easy Tilapia Tacos
If you’re in search of easy dinner recipes for beginners, look no further than this fish taco recipe from Tasty. With a 98% positive rating, you know it has to be good! Not only are there simple steps for preparation, but many of the ingredients you likely already have on hand, which means Taco Tuesdays can now be a weekly tradition.
6. Chicken, Tomatoes, and Corn Foil Packets
When it comes to delicious healthy chicken recipes, few dinners are simpler or more satisfying than these foil packets from Delish. What’s more, this recipe is a great excuse to fire up the grill for the ultimate fast and fresh summer meal!
7. Homemade Artisan Bread
Looking for something to serve alongside a salad or meaty main dish? This easy bread making recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction will give you a lovely artisan loaf, even if you’re a bread beginner. With only four ingredients and no special pans or mixer required, this base recipe is soon to be on repeat in your kitchen.
8. Mediterranean Pork and Orzo
This Mediterrean-inspired meal from Taste of Home is incredibly quick to put together, leaving a lot more time to enjoy the people gathered around your table. Although it has a humble 372 calories per serving, this protein-packed entrée is sure to leave you feeling full and nourished.
If you’re on the hunt for healthy, one-pan recipes, check out the sheet pan fajitas from The Modern Proper. These fajitas are a foolproof dinner your family or friends will love, not to mention the colors in the finished product are definitely photo-worthy.
11. Cherry Tomato Couscous Salad
The Israeli couscous salad from Love & Lemons can be a terrific light lunch or an appetizing accompaniment to your main course at dinnertime. But just because couscous is low-calorie doesn’t mean you’ll be left wanting! This versatile grain will surprise you with how filling it can be.
12. Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
Ice cream is practically synonymous with summer, and this recipe from Pinch of Yum is sure to please any sweet tooth (without ending in a sugar crash). For a fun easy dessert recipe, whip up this peanut butter banana potion right at home and see if you don’t finish it all before it makes it back to the freezer.
Share Your Culinary Creations with Your Friends
Spending time in your kitchen shouldn’t feel overwhelming or intimidating, so hopefully these low-cal recipes have given you more confidence about mealtime. And once you’ve mastered your cooking skills, why not explore your inner artist? Grab a few friends and head over to Painting with a Twist to share your culinary creations while painting an original artwork at the very same time!
Have you been counting calories since January 1? Whether you’re breaking up with sweets after the indulgent holiday season or you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, calories might seem like the enemy and your Chardonnay might be the first thing to go. But don’t cancel your next paint-and-sip party on account of vodka soda calories just yet! Drinking and dieting don’t have to be mutually exclusive. With these simple low-calorie cocktails and mixed drinks, you can have your painting and drinks—and keep your resolutions, too!
This cooler will add a little more flair to a night of paint and cocktails than your typical Gin & Tonic!
1 1/2 oz gin (1 1/2 oz equals 3 Tbsp)
4-6 slices cucumber
1/4 medium lime (sliced)
4 oz tonic water
6 mint leaves
1 Tbsp sugar (optional)
Add mint, lime, gin, and sugar (optional) to shaker and muddle. Add cucumber slices to the shaker and shake well. Pour mixture in a glass over ice and top with tonic or sparkling water. Stir and let sit for a few minutes to enhance the flavor—then drink up!
Calories: 162 Sugar: 11.2g or less (approx. per serving)
Do you prefer sparkling wine over liquor? Then you’ll be glad to know that Prosecco is one of the lowest-calorie bubbly beverages! Just add a splash of fruit juice or puree and you’ve got a guilt-free cocktail! This Bellini is a delicious place to start.
2 Tbsp smooth peach puree
Fresh basil leaves
6 oz chilled prosecco
Blend fresh peach to make the puree. Add 2 Tbsp puree and a basil leaf to a glass. Smash the basil leaf, then remove. Fill glass with prosecco. Serve with a fresh basil leaf. Enjoy!
Calories: 100 Sugar: 1.5 g (approx. per serving)
Are you ready to try your hand at being a low-calorie mixologist? Then bring your friends and your bar-tending skills to a Painting with a Twist near you for a calorie-conscious night of painting, sipping, and fun!
If you’re in the mood for something new and exciting to get you in gear for tailgating- look no further. Inspired by the idea of hydrating, nourishing and amping yourself up for game day, this fruity sangria will transport you to a place between summer and fall where weekends are filled with promise and FOOTBALL! Make everyone happy and whip up a batch of this creamsicle inspired Sangria- with a sweet and tangy fusion of summer and fall fruits. It’s perfect to satiate any palate with a refreshing zing! Game Day Sangria isn’t just for afternoons before the big game, it’s DELICIOUS enough to make in a Painting with a Twist studio for a Friday night class! There’s no better way to celebrate a girl’s night out than a paintbrush in one hand and a Game Day Sangria in the other.
1 Bottle White Wine (choose your favorite!)
1 Cup Vanilla Vodka
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Punnet Strawberries
Fill pitcher with crushed ice.
Add wine, vodka, and juice. Stir.
Slice oranges and pears into quarters.
Slice strawberries into halves.
Add fruit into pitcher mixture.
Serve in wine glasses, making sure to scoop fruit out into each cup!
Welcome Thirsty Thursday with open arms and a round of deliciously colorful cocktails: The Champagnarita! It’s National Margarita Day with a twist! Dress up your favorite margarita in sparkles by adding a little bubbly to the glass. This is the ultimate girl’s night out drink – it’s a little sweet, a little sour, and a lot of delicious. Not to mention, it makes for a great selfie! BYOB to your next Painting with a Twist class and make a pitcher of Delish’s Champagnaritas.
#NationalIrishCoffeeDay is this week and we couldn’t be more excited to talk about our favorite Irish Coffee recipe. There isn’t much to dislike about this steamy and sweet concoction. It’s the perfect blend to help you relax with a drink and wake up with a jolt! Not to mention, it almost always comes with whipped cream. This Colorful Cocktail recipe is classic. When it comes to Sangria recipes, we like to get a little creative – but the Irish Coffee needn’t be complicated. Simple ingredients make this toasty cocktail shine on a dreary winter’s day. However, if you prefer a little more flavor, there are endless recipes available at your fingertips. Like The Spruce’s creamy caramel recipe or Genius Kitchen’s rich, dark mocha recipe that hides a hint of Creme de Menthe for the most luxurious touch ever.
December 20th is National Sangria Day and we have a classic recipe to lift your holiday spirit. Christmas is a wonderful time of year to gather with the ones you love to share stories, eat fabulous food, and clink wine glasses together for a toast around the fire. Recipes are kept sacred and treasured this time of year. Everyone has a favorite – buttery sugar cookies, savory cheese straws, intricate casseroles, the list goes on and on. We look forward to these tasty treats all year so why not pair them with cocktail that tastes as inspiring as it looks. Introducing, Holiday Cheer Sangria.
In celebration of National Sangria Day, we are sharing our favorite version of Holiday Cheer Sangria with you. This white wine version is fresh and crisp, just like the weather. For those who favor spicy reds, substitute with your favorite cabernet and garnish with a cinnamon stick for a wintry cocktail that’ll warm your heart. For a tarter take, use a beautifully pink hued White Zinfandel with a few orange slices as a garnish for a jammy and sweet Sangria.
2 Bottles of White Wine
1/2 Cup Brandy
1/2 Cup Simple Syrup
1 Cup Cranberries
2 Diced Apples (Red Delicious and Granny Smith)
10 Sprigs of Rosemary
To make simple syrup, bring equal parts water and refined sugar to a boil. Stir frequently. Let cool before using.
Fill large serving bowl with ice.
Add white wine, brandy, and simple syrup. Mix well.
Dice apples into small pieces and add to serving bowl.
Slice lemons and add.
Wash cranberries well and add.
Scoop out 1 cup worth for your guests and garnish with a sprig of Rosemary.
Thanksgiving Sangria is here to make us feel warm, cozy, and grateful this holiday season. It’s deliciously enchanting and the barrage of fruit packed into a glass pitcher makes for a gorgeous tabletop addition. Anyone can make this simple recipe that pairs perfectly with a warm helping of apple pie or homemade stuffing. Everyone makes Thanksgiving Sangria a little differently. Our favorite is a twist on the classic recipe. Add some seasonal cranberries and pinch of Allspice for a bountiful red wine Sangria. Not into the reds? Try this White Sangria recipe where they use autumn ripe Granny Smith Apples and Barlett Pears to compliment a sweet Moscato. Want something with a bite to it? Apple Cider Sangria has hints of caramel and ginger that will put you in a very thankful mindset. Thanksgiving dinner won’t feel complete without a fruity and spicy Thanksgiving Sangria to wash it all down with. Pour yourself a cup, let the satisfaction wash over you, and don’t forget to tell the people in your life why you appreciate them. Happy Thanksgiving, Twisters!
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. “
-William Arthur Ward
Bottle of red wine
1 cup of tonic
1 tsp Allspice
6-7 slices of mixed citrus
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup black cherries
Sprig of fresh mint
Fill pitcher halfway with ice cubes.
Add citrus, cranberries and black cherries.
Pour in the bottle of red wine.
Add Allspice and mix with spoon.
Top with tonic.
Slap the mint and wipe along the pitcher’s rim with leaves & garnish. (The slap releases oils that give the sangria a little something extra!)
Introducing, the Smokey Witches Brew: Pop. Clink. Fizz. Plop. Then, watch as the tendrils of smoke curl over the lip of your goblet.
Halloween is right around the corner and the time for serving up spooky cocktails is slowly running out. If you’re looking for the perfectly simple, yet perfectly delicious cocktail to make this Halloween, then look no further! A mimosa crafted to look like a magic potion is the answer. It’s ideal for the person who plans ahead AND for the person who waits until the day before Halloween to pick out a costume and cocktail sipper. Keep it simple, we say. The easier, the better. Luckily, a goblet full of Smokey Witches Brew is only a twisted version of the classically favored Mimosa! Adding a lump of dry ice is the most important ingredient. Use a pair of tongs(never touch dry ice with your bare hands!) to plop the dry ice cube into your colorful cocktail and watch it bubble over with spooky swirls of smoke. Not a fan of the classic Mimosa? Add any juice you want. A lemon-lime soda could be a nice addition, too.
This recipe uses sparkling apple juice as a substitute for champagne to make it a fun and kid-friendly refreshment. Flavor possibilities are endless when it comes to personalizing your Smokey Witches Brew colorful cocktail. Country Living breaks down 29 fruity recipes inspired by the mimosa – All of which would work delightfully well to create the same smoldering cocktail that is creative and creepy enough to impress anyone. Happy Halloween, Twisters!
Handful of Frozen Raspberries
1/2 cup of Prosecco
Splash of Orange Juice
Pour ½ cup Prosecco into a goblet.
Splash with orange juice.
Drop in a handful of frozen raspberries.
Using tongs or a fork, carefully insert one small piece of dry ice.**
**Caution your guests not to drink the dry ice cubes. Read Betty Crocker’s advice when it comes to using dry ice in Halloween cocktails.
On National Coffee Day, we want to celebrate coffee the best way we can imagine- cocktails! Really though- what would we do without our daily cup of joe? We depend on it to give us the strength to face the day. Our work days are split into coffee breaks with our peers. Our weekends are held together by long conversations over a full mug or grabbing a massive coffee to go before a new adventure. We drink it all day, every day. It’s delicious, after all. Coffee has found its way into our lives as a necessity. Thankfully, there is a great way for us to appreciate the uber-important beverage that fuels our hearts, minds, and bodies. Our recipe is a boozy frappe will transport you to a decadent dessert paradise! The best thing about frappes is how they taste, but the second best thing is how easy they are to change up. Our personal favorite is this version: a no-frills recipe that takes you straight to flavor town. But feel free to get a little crazy. You could try a salted caramel version, like this recipe from The Cook Craft Love blog. It’s a lush retreat into a frozen paradise of french vanilla and creamy caramel. Add extra chocolate syrup in with the Kahlua and bring some mocha madness to your mouth. Drinkwire lays out a whole list of amazing frappe recipes(amazing as in… Pumpkin Spice Frappe!) Add Kahlua and voila… cocktails!
Take “treat yourself” to the next level: Blend up a batch and grab a paintbrush! You and your friends seriously deserve an icy pitcher of frappe cocktails. Happy National Coffee Day, Twisters!
At Painting with a Twist, we love a good twist in our cocktails, making the Tinto De Verano a perfect sip for any painting class. This simple and refreshing colorful cocktail is a fan fave! Originating from Spain, this red wine-based drink is similar to a Sangria but with a twist of lemon. With a splash of lemonade, a twist of lemon, and muddled mint, this cocktail is sure to be a fan favorite for all!
Many also call the Tinto de Verano the “Red Wine of the Summer.” Summer may be coming to a close where you are, but this cocktail will help you relish in the memories of summertime. This cocktail also has less alcohol in it, making it a perfect beverage to paint with!
½ cup of red wine
½ cup of lemonade
2 lemon slice
Place ice cubes in a 20oz cup
Add red wine and lemonade
Twist in lemons
Add mint and stir
There are several versions of the Tinto to choose from! This recipe featured on The Spruce recommends adding lemon-lime soda instead, which, frankly looks super yummy too!
The leaves are turning and there’s a special feeling in the air anticipating the cozy nights and brisk days ahead. Here’s a delicious colorful cocktail to celebrate the changing of the seasons- going from summer to autumn feels like a major shift.
It seems like the perfect time to ditch the summer fruits and embrace the delicious flavors of fall. At Painting with a Twist, we love trying new colorful cocktails that embody every time of year. What’s the best way to welcome the changing leaves? A toast to the good life with an Autumn Pear Spritzer.
1 tsp organic honey
½ cup prosecco
Slice of fresh pear
Sprigg of Thai basil
Fill a highball glass with crushed ice.
Drizzle 1 tsp honey into ice and stir vigorously with a spoon to distribute evenly.
Fill with ½ cup of prosecco.
Push sliced pear into the drink along the side of the glass.
Slap basil between palms to release flavor.
Additionally, this recipe is simple enough to pack up and bring to your next paint and sip class or perfect for sipping on the patio at dusk.
While this palette satisfying colorful cocktail is our own brainchild, we couldn’t help but take inspiration from the Lemon Tree Dwelling’s recipe for the Pear Prosecco Spritzer. Is basil not your thing? Maybe you have a heart for amaretto? If so, here’s a perfect recipe that is similar. Maybe even give them both a try to see what you like most. Cheers!!
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.
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!