The Perfect Summer Cocktail: Tangy & Elegant Frozen Red Wine Sangria

Hosting a backyard bash? I beg you: Don’t pass out from overexertion shaking artisanal cocktails for each of your guests. Instead, mix up my go-to summer party punch: sangria. It’s practically foolproof—get some cheap-ish wine, throw in some fruit, add a little liquor—and it tastes even better if you make it the night before. And here’s a tip: If it’s really hot outside, toss it into a blender with some ice before serving. Think of it as a slushie for grownups. Mmmmmmmm.

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  • 1 bottle inexpensive Spanish red wine, such as a tempranillo or rioja
  • 11⁄2 cups brandy
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, oranges reserved
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice, lemons reserved
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Rounds of orange, lemon, or lime for garnish
  • Lemon-lime soda (optional)

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1. In a blender, combine the wine, brandy, orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar. Fill the blender with ice and blend on high until combined. Serve in glasses garnished with a slice of orange, lemon, or lime.

2. To make Sangría without ice, mix ingredients in a pitcher and chop the reserved lemons and oranges into small cubes, add to pitcher, and chill. Serve in wineglasses filled with ice.

3. Stretch it a little further for a party by topping each glass with lemon-lime soda.

P.S. Check out my book, Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget, for more easy, thrifty recipes.

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Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

This photo was taken the day my mom brought me back to the US from Panama, where I was born. She had jet-black hair and a tan, whereas I was basically translucent, with white hair and big blue eyes. Security guards stopped her in the airport because they thought she was smuggling someone else’s baby out of the country. So, I guess it’s time for everyone to come clean. I was indeed stolen. I am actually a Norwegian prince. Where’s my 👑, Terri?!?! Where. Is. My. #%^*ing. 👑?!? 🤪 Happy Mother’s Day!!! I love you. Sorry I’m so weird. ❤️

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