In looking for some refreshing summer beverages for the 4th of July, I was reminded of a delicious pitcher of Sangria that we had recently with some friends at our favorite Mexican restaurant in Tucson. If you haven’t visited El Charro Cafe in Old Town Tucson, it’s a place that’s well worth your time. This is a view of the welcoming courtyard. When the weather’s nice (as it is for over half the year in this part of Arizona) it’s the most relaxing place to enjoy dinner or even just a drink with friends.
But I digress. This post is supposed to be about beverages and one of the sweet parts of the evening was our Summertime Blackberry Sangria. Doesn’t it look delicious! I can taste it now. Imagine washing down your chips and salsa with that colorful concoction.
So to bring this full circle. I’ve been enjoying Sangria at a variety of spots this year and thought I’d share a patriotic version and eye-catching recipe for serving a group without having to make individual drinks for everyone.
Check out this Red, White and Blue Sangria from Recipe Girl! (and she’s having a giveaway too)
She used pineapple for her stars, but I think I’d try star fruit since it already has the shape you need. I LOVE the red strawberries, “white” (kinda) pineapple or star fruit, and blue-berries to carry through the patriotic theme. Just imagine your giant glass beverage dispenser filled to the brim with all these summery ingredients. It’s a party waiting to happen. In case you haven’t seen it before, this is what star fruit looks like and here’s some more info about it too. Hey, think about adding star fruit to your salads on the 4th as well!
…now where are the fireworks.
Let me know your plans for the 4th. I’d love to hear how you celebrate.
Stay tuned for parts 2 (food) and 3 (DIY crafts and decorations) for the 4th of July series in the coming days.