Recipe: Sparkling Strawberry Cucumber Sangria

Recipe: Sparkling Strawberry Cucumber Sangria

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Sheela Prakash
Jul 3, 2017
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

This pitcher sangria is all you need to start a party this summer. Invite a few friends over, stir it up, and consider the remaining details unimportant. You could throw a few burgers on the grill, make some sides, and feel like a champion. But honestly, even if you just scraped together whatever hunks of cheese you have in the fridge, set out that half-empty tub of hummus, and then ordered in pizza, it would still be a celebration. That's because this sangria is fruity, fresh, and, most importantly, fizzy — and bubbles always make for a party.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

The Most Festive Pitcher Drink for Your Crowd

Using prosecco as the base of this sangria instead of still red or white wine automatically makes it fit for any kind of party. Strawberries and orange liqueur add sweetness, but this sangria is far from the overly sweet versions that are so common. That's thanks to the big handful of cucumber slices in the mix, which add freshness and a touch of green flavor to the pitcher to balance things out. Finish things off with seltzer for even more bubbles, which no one will ever complain about.

3-Ingredient Pitcher Cocktails

If you're looking to serve up festive cocktails to the crowd at your next gathering, be it an impromptu happy hour or a backyard bash, know that it's as easy as three ingredients and your largest pitcher. That's all it takes to kick off the party.

Sparkling Strawberry Cucumber Sangria

Serves 6 to 8

2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
1/2 cup orange liqueur, like Cointreau
1 (750-milliliter) bottle prosecco, cava, or other dry white sparkling wine, chilled
2 cups seltzer or club soda, chilled
Ice

Combine the strawberries, cucumber, and orange liqueur in a large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

When ready to serve, add the prosecco and club soda. Stir gently to combine. Taste and add more if desired. To serve, fill glasses with ice. Add a few pieces of strawberry and cucumber from the pitcher to each glass before pouring in the sangria.

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