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Cherry- Limeade Sangria

Summer is almost here, and it’s starting to get nice and warm in San Diego. I’ve put lighter blankets on the beds and I’m opening the windows at night.  Flip flops and shorts are pretty much daily wear at this point, and the beach is beckoning us for a visit. Our neighborhood has begun having its outdoor Happy Hour gatherings in the late sunny afternoons- where we share friendship, cheese & crackers, gossip and wine. Sangria sometimes makes an appearance too- most recently this Cherry- Limeade Sangria.

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We live in an area of San Diego where the houses are very much Spanish-style, and the landscape is more desert-like than lush.  My pet ceramic snake sits on my porch (my attempt to scare off the many rattlesnakes in our area).  Sangria always seems like the perfect cocktail to serve in our house.  It has Spanish origins itself, and it’s a refreshing beverage in our dry climate.

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For this simple sangria recipe, I used limeade and cherry juice as the anchor flavors.  Sauvignon Blanc and vodka are added in to turn it into a cocktail.

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In true sangria-fashion, fresh fruit is added in too.  It’s always a nice idea to serve your sangria with a spoon because those cherries are awfully tempting (and quite delicious) to eat.  The neighbors must have enjoyed my creation… since there were only a few pieces of fruit sitting in the bottom of the jug.

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I’m currently looking for a home for my pet ceramic snake.  I hope my neighbor Jen will take it.  She’s been a wonderful neighbor for the last 10 years.  This Friday, our family is taking on a new adventure… one in which we will be living in a brand-new environment, brand-new neighborhood, brand-new weather, and we’ll even be meeting brand-new friends.  And I sure hope they like Sangria!

More on the move next week- I look forward to sharing my new adventure with all of my readers :)

Yield: About 20 servings

Prep Time: 15 min + chill time

Cherry- Limeade Sangria

This recipe can easily be halved to make 10 servings.


Two 750ml. bottles chilled Sauvignon Blanc
4 cups prepared limeade
2 cups bottled cherry juice
1 1/2 cups vodka
3 medium limes, sliced thinly
Two large handfuls of fresh cherries, pitted and halved
One 1-liter bottle chilled club soda


1. In a large beverage dispenser or punch bowl, combine the wine, limeade, juice, vodka, limes and cherries. Refrigerate for several hours (or preferably overnight).

2. Just before serving, add the club soda. Scoop fruit into individual servings (serving over ice is optional).


24 Responses to “Cherry- Limeade Sangria”

  1. postedJun 10, 2013 5:07 AM

    So perfect for entertaining! I love the idea of simply lime-aid and cherry juice together! I just love your recipe!

  2. postedJun 10, 2013 5:08 AM

    What a fun drink! Your neighborhood sound pretty awesome. Late summer afternoon gatherings! Fun! I am sure it is bittersweet to be leaving, but I hope you guys have a great and easy move!

  3. postedJun 10, 2013 6:53 AM

    Perfect! I’ll be right over!

  4. postedJun 10, 2013 6:56 AM

    Hello SUMMER!

  5. postedJun 10, 2013 7:23 AM

    I love Simply Limeade, and I know I’d love it better in Sangria! This looks like such a fruity, refreshing cocktail.

  6. postedJun 10, 2013 7:37 AM

    Sangria is my favorite alcoholic beverage pretty much any time of year…but it’s especially perfect for summer! Love this fun fruity twist!

  7. postedJun 10, 2013 8:28 AM

    Lori, this cocktail is perfect for sweating out the summer heat in Austin! I love it, and will definitely plan on making it soon. Thanks for sharing! It was great to meet you and listen to you present at BlogHer this past weekend!

  8. postedJun 10, 2013 9:02 AM

    This looks much more elegant than my ‘fresca and zinfandel’ “sangria”!
    I wish you well on your move!

  9. postedJun 10, 2013 9:40 AM

    I love the tart cherries with the lime – yum!! What a refreshing and fun drink for a party!

  10. postedJun 10, 2013 9:45 AM

    Loooove! This looks awesome!

  11. postedJun 10, 2013 10:17 AM

    What a fabulous twist on traditional Sangria, Lori! I adore cherries…and, cherry anything. When you move into your new neighborhood, I hope you can continue the tradition of “outdoor Happy Hour gatherings”! How cool are those?

  12. postedJun 10, 2013 2:43 PM

    This looks really refreshing!

  13. postedJun 10, 2013 2:53 PM

    This looks super refreshing!

  14. postedJun 10, 2013 11:06 PM

    This looks tart and refreshing and delicious. Why do you have to get rid of your ceramic snake?

    • June 11th, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

      It’s a desert thing… and we’re moving away from the desert!

  15. postedJun 11, 2013 8:14 AM
    Patti Bigley

    This looks so amazingly good! I can’t wait to try it.

  16. postedJun 11, 2013 9:03 AM

    This sounds so good! I love having summer gatherings with my neighbors, too!

  17. postedJun 11, 2013 6:12 PM

    I LOVE the cherry limeade slushies from Sonic so I know I will love this even more. I have those same glasses and I LOVE the stand your drink dispenser is on, I need to find one for the one I have!! I will definitely be adding this drink to my list for this summer!!

  18. postedJun 11, 2013 7:19 PM

    Perfect sangria to toast for new and wonderful adventures ahead! Good luck on the move :)

  19. postedJun 12, 2013 7:47 AM

    It’s been summer here for almost 2 months already, bring on this sangria! These 90-100 temps we’ve been having require it.

  20. postedJun 12, 2013 1:42 PM

    Congrats on the move! So exciting 😀 I am loving this sangria too!!

  21. postedJun 15, 2013 8:25 AM

    This sounds so sweet and refreshing. Love it!

    Best wishes to you all on the move! So excited for you!!!

  22. postedJun 16, 2013 9:54 AM

    Oh goodness, how I love sangria and all the variations of it :) this looks so refreshing and delicious!

  23. postedJun 20, 2013 7:36 PM

    This is an awesome twist of a Sangria. I love cherries so as Sangria. This is very easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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