Summertime Sangria

Summer is sippin’ time! Well, at least it is in my family. It’s the time where you can make big pitchers of sangria and sit sippin’ on the porch all day till it’s gone. Don’t worry. For us kids my parents gave us lemonade and sweet tea.

Now, if you read Nutmeg Nanny a lot you will notice something. My cocktail category is HUGE. Why? Well because I like cocktails. Who doesn’t? That is why when I was asked to make a cocktail for this month’s Kitchen PLAY event I was ecstatic! I was even more excited when I found who was sponsoring the event: CUTCO Cutlery.

I know, I know. Why would I be excited about a knife company sponsoring an event where I’m supposed to make the cocktail? Here’s why. Have you ever made sangria? Do you know how much fruit you have to cut up?! A lot! Doing that with a cheap knife is no fun!

The main thing I liked about CUTCO is that the all of their knives are made in the USA. It’s hard to find good-quality products that are still made in the USA. Not only that, but they offer a “forever guarantee” on their knives. This means they guarantee their performance, sharpness and even offer reduced cost to knives that have been damaged due to misuse or abuse. This is quality!

They were also kind enough to send to me one of their Trimmer knives, and it was a total workhorse in the kitchen. It sliced through all the fruits with ease and cut my sangria-making time in half! (I admit, most my knives are not so good).


Summertime Sangria

Yield: 1 pitcher

Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus 2 hours in the refridgerator)

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes (plus 2 hours in the refridgerator)


1 bottle dry red wine (750 milliliter)
1/4 cup cognac or brandy
1/4 cup triple sec liqueur
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 - 1/3 cup sugar (depending on your desired sweetness)
1 apple - cored and cubed
1/2 orange - thinly sliced (peel on)
1 lime - thinly sliced (peel on)
1/2 cup strawberries - hulled and sliced
1/2 cup cherries - seeded and cut in half
1 liter seltzer water


Combine all ingredients except seltzer water. Let sit in large pitcher for at least two hours until flavors have combined. When you are ready to serve add seltzer water and enjoy!

To celebrate summertime dining, CUTCO Cutlery is also sponsoring a delicious giveaway at Kitchen PLAY. Simply recreate one or more recipes from this month’s Progressive Party, post about the experience on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter.  All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win a CUTCO Salad Mates gift set, which includes a Paring Knife and Trimmer (six prizes total, valued at $113 each). Prizes will be shipped directly to each winner. Please review the complete contest rules before entering.
Disclosure: This CUTCO knife was supplied to my by CUTCO and Kitchen PLAY for no charge. However, as always all opinions are 100% my own.

32 Responses to “Summertime Sangria”

  1. #
    Aggie — June 25, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Summertime is most definitely sippin’ time!! I love sangria, and I love these knives! Looks great girl!

  2. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I worked as a receptionist for a Cutco branch sales office in high school. Remind me to tell you about that next time…it’s an interesting one 😉

    • Brandy replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 1:08 am

      Haha how funny! I can’t wait to hear the details 🙂

  3. #
    Sarah Caron — June 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Mmm. Sangria is the perfect summertime sipper. YUM!

  4. #
    Joan Nova — June 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    That’s a mighty potent Sangria – and it looks delicious!

  5. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Pass me a glass!

  6. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — June 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I am coming over. Seriously. This is right up my alley!! Love it Brandy! Great job.


  7. #
    Julia — June 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    My bro worked for cutco yeeeears ago. I have quite a few of their knives and I LOVE them!!!
    I also love sangria, by the pitcher. Thank you very much.

    • Brandy replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 1:09 am

      How funny! I love the knife I was given. It really is great!

  8. #
    Keeley @ My Life on a Plate — June 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I love sangria! I skip the sugar because I don’t like mine overly sweet. I also like mine extra strong (I’m bad!), so I go without the seltzer. Great recipe!

  9. #
    Joanne — June 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    You should know that i”ve become addicted to sangria lately. And you’re totally fueling that with this!

    • Brandy replied: — June 25th, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

      Well, I always try to fuel the passion for booze 🙂

  10. #
    rebecca — June 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    nice recipe and summer and love the new site, very professional

  11. #
    Cathy @ Savory Notes — June 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Haha, I totally know what you mean about the cocktail category. I seem to throw booze into all of my recipes. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a delicious cocktail! Also, now I’m dying for a big glass of sangria now; it looks so yummy.

    • Brandy replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 1:09 am

      Hahaha exactly! I do love me some booze filled beverages 🙂

  12. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 26, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I could totally sip on this while sitting on the porch, and it’s so pretty!

  13. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 26, 2012 at 2:27 am

    This looks perfect. I made a white sangria with peaches and mango last month. I need to try your red!

    • Brandy replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

      Oh yum! Peaches and mango…I would love that sangria!

  14. #
    DessertForTwo — June 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I agree, it’s time for sipping & sangria is a must!

  15. #
    Reeni — June 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I haven’t commented in so long – I love your new look! And this Sangria! Definitely something I want to relax with and enjoy on a hot summer day.

  16. #
    Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet — June 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I love your new look. I really need to update my look too, I’m slipping behind! I love the Sangria, it is so perfect for summer and serving to your friends that come over for grilling and such. Bring it on!

  17. #
    Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious — June 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    What a wonderful drink! And how nice to be on the same menu with you.

  18. #
    grace — June 29, 2012 at 5:00 am

    i VERY rarely have any kind of alcohol, but sangria is something i really enjoy. the flavor of the booze can be very, very subtle, and that’s what i prefer. 🙂

  19. #
    Renée J. (RJ Flamingo) — July 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

    This looks so refreshing for these hot summer days (and nights!). I may have to toss some mango in there… 🙂

  20. #
    Renee — July 25, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Do you know a red wine that will not cause a headache. I can’t remember why, but I get a headache everytime I drink wine and most beer brands. I would love to have advice on this because I would love to try this cocktail! I think it would be a little odd tasting, though to use whiskey, lol!


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