Strawberry Citrus Sangria

Here’s my latest post for the Tampa Junior League Cookbook blog…

JLT Cookbook Blog – Strawberry Citrus Sangria

Do you remember back years ago the Kool-aid pitcher?  You know the one that was frosted and looked as if someone had drawn a smiley face on it…well, that was our juice pitcher and imagine the surprise at age eight when we reached into the refrigerator, pulled out this giant pitcher of red juice, poured ourselves a glass, and took a big gulp only to realize that this was definitely not the fruit punch we were expecting.  My best friends mother had used our Kool-aid pitcher for Sangria and she thought that our reactions were hysterical.  Needless to say, my first experience tasting Sangria was not a good one. 
 
As I am now years older and wiser, I have caught on to the lure of the delicious flavors of Sangria and it has officially become my adult beverage of choice.  So imagine my delight when I spotted the recipe Strawberry-Citrus Sangria on page 32 of the new cookbook Capture the Coast. My next door neighbor and I immediately made ourselves a pitcher and found it to be so delicious that I served it just a few weeks later at a baby shower for fellow Junior League member Karen Nalywajko… Yum!
 
Strawberry season has officially begun and oranges can be found here year round. This refreshing beverage is the perfect compliment to a bridal or baby shower, dinner with family and friends, or a relaxing afternoon sitting by the pool or watching a game of golf.  I have also found this beverage to be perfect for our Northern relatives; it doesn’t get much better than sitting outside in 70 degree weather and drinking a tall glass of Sangria.  Enjoy…and Bon Appetit!

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