Cherry- Limeade Sangria

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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 🙂

Cherry- Limeade Sangria

This recipe can easily be halved to make 10 servings.

Yield: About 20 servings

Prep Time: 15 min + chill time


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).


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  • Carla @ Carlas Confections wrote:

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

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie wrote:

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

  • Kiran @ wrote:

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

  • Shanna@ pineapple and coconut wrote:

    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!!

  • katie wrote:

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

  • Patti Bigley wrote:

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

  • Renee @ Awesome on $20 wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • nessa wrote:

    This looks super refreshing!

  • najwa kronfel wrote:

    This looks really refreshing!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen wrote:

    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?

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar wrote:

    Loooove! This looks awesome!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts wrote:

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

  • kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts wrote:

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

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking wrote:

    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!

  • Joanne wrote:

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

  • marcie@flavor the moments wrote:

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

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie wrote:

    Hello SUMMER!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen wrote:

    Perfect! I’ll be right over!

  • Tieghan wrote:

    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!

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers wrote:

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