Fourth of July

Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria

Originating from Spain, sangria is a sweet cocktail made by combining wine and fresh fruit.  This delicious drink is festive, fancy and therefore perfect for Fourth of July celebrations.  Not to mention, this fruity, boozy cocktail is amazing in summer, since the fruits and berries are in season.  Traditionally, a Spanish red wine is used – but we wanted to create a lighter tasting, red, white and blue drink for a patriotic treat!  So, get your glasses ready and greet your guests with a big pitcher of delicious LYCHEE SANGRIA!

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Sangria in a pitcher, on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums

Serve this sangria chilled at your Fourth of July barbecue.  This festive cocktail tastes great with the foods of summer, salads, hamburgers, steaks, and a variety of appetizers.  Try this festive trail mix or our strawberry parfait, which not only compliments the sangria, but will have your guests clearing their plates! 

Sangria in a pitcher, surrounded by berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums

What do you need to make a Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria?

All the ingredients to make a Sangria in a pitcher, with berries in bowls on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums
  • White wine – to create a light, fruity and fresh sangria
  • Lychee Liquor – to pair with the wine, giving an extra punch
  • Lychee Juice – this helps balance some of the alcohol, and really enhances the lychee flavour
  • Berries – raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Sangria must contain fresh fruits and we think these ones are best for a Fourth of July celebration!
Sangria in a glass and a pitcher, surrounded by berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums

How do you make Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria?

  • Pour the white wine into a pitcher and then add the liquor and lychee juice
  • Stir
  • Chop the strawberries and toss into the pitcher, top with whole blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours, or overnight if you can
  • When ready to serve, fill glasses half way, allowing  fruit to fall into the glasses with the sangria
Pouring white wine in to a pitcher with white bowls of various berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums

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A pitcher beside a bottle of lychee liquor with white bowls of various berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums
A pitcher beside a carton of lychee juice with white bowls of various berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums
Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria in a pitcher, surrounded by berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums

How to make the best sangria

  • Sangria is best when refrigerated for 4 hours, if not overnight. This will allow the berries to infuse with the wine and liquor, giving the sangria its flavour.  If you don’t have the time, don’t worry! Let the sangria stand for at least 15 minutes.
  • This recipe is delicious and perfect for the Fourth of July, since strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are in season. Using fresh berries is best as they won’t become mushy like frozen fruit can. Plus, you’ll achieve the red, white and blue colours that are essential for celebrating this festive occasion!
Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria in a pitcher, surrounded by berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums
Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria in a  pitcher, surrounded by berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums
Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria in a glass and a pitcher, surrounded by berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums
Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria in a glass and a pitcher, surrounded by berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums
Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria in a glass and a pitcher, surrounded by berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums
Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria in a glass and a pitcher, surrounded by berries on a white countertop by Champagne and Sugarplums

We hope you loved this Red, Blue and Lychee Sangria recipe as much as we do! We hope you have an amazing long weekend – and don’t forget to share your photos with us in the comments or through our social media channels!

Happy Fourth of July from Champagne and Sugarplums

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