Sangria is hands down one of my favorite drinks to sip during a hot summer evening. What’s not to love? Fruity wine, boozy fruit.
Generally sangria consists of wine, maybe a little sugar, brandy or vodka, a fruit juice or orange liquor, tons of juicy fruits, and maybe some fresh herbs. Such as basil, mint, or thyme, but rarely a leafy salad green such as arugula. Crazy, right?
Actually, it is quite the genius idea. The peppery taste of the arugula graces the front of your tongue on each sip, finished by the sweetness of the strawberries and the oranges and rounded out by the richness of the red wine. This strawberry and arugula sangria is a true delight.
If you are sharing this sangria with friends, I suggest that you make a double batch. That way no one is fighting over sangria glasses and boozy fruit.
You’ve got to try this strawberry and arugula sangria. I promise you will love it!
- 1 bottle dry red wine, such as Merlot
- ½ cup brandy
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice (about ½ of an orange)
- 2 cups fresh arugula
- ½ pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1 ½ oranges, thinly sliced
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- In a large pitcher stir together the wine, brandy, orange juice, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the Arugula and muddle with a large wooden spoon.
- Add the strawberries, oranges, lime, and lemon and stir until all of the fruit is well mixed into the wine.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. Strain the sangria and serve chilled. Garnish with fruit or arugula, if desired.