When you're plowing through the aisles at Costco picking up everything from potato chips to burgers for your next cookout, grab the ingredients for this sangria too. Every backyard BBQ needs a festive drink, and this one is just that.
It's classic sangria — full of juicy fruit and bold red wine — fit to quench a thirsty crowd without breaking your budget. That means it will surely go on repeat all summer long.
Budget-Friendly Pitcher Sangria, with Help from Costco
Skip the extra trip to the liquor store when you're shopping for a party and let Costco help you on the drink front as well. There are a whole lot of easy-drinking Kirkland brand wine bottles on the shelves that are easy on your wallet, too (we suggest the Kirkland Napa Valley Meritage Red Wine 2014). Combine a bottle with a bit of rum, orange liqueur, and fresh and frozen fruit, and you've just stretched it to serve 12 instead of four or five people.
While you could use fresh berries here, we love the simplicity of a bag of frozen berries: Not only is it cheaper, but the frozen berries also actually help keep the sangria cold!
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Budget Pitcher Sangria
Makes about 6 cups; 12 (4-ounce) servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
(750-milliliter) bottle full-bodied red wine, such as Kirkland Napa Valley Meritage Red Wine 2014
orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
large orange, halved and thinly sliced
frozen mixed berries, such as Kirkland Three Berry Blend
seltzer or club soda, chilled, plus more as needed
Place the wine, rum, orange liqueur, and sugar in a 2 1/2-quart or larger pitcher and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the orange slices and stir. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
When ready to serve, stir in the frozen mixed berries. Add the club soda and stir gently to combine. Taste and add more club soda if desired. Scoop a few pieces of fruit into ice-filled glasses before pouring the sangria.