Birthday Sangria Two Ways

Our neighbor Karen celebrated her birthday on Saturday.  She helps us out a lot, and often brings us special little food surprises to celebrate birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or she gives us food just ’cause she’s nice like that!  Well, I wanted to try to do the same for her birthday this year.  So I found a great recipe for Sangria on Pinterest (original recipe here), and decided to make it for her birthday and share it with you all.  I had to modify a bit from the original, so here are my changes….

Birthday Sangria



  • 2 bottles Harvest Mist
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white grape juice
  • 1 can club soda
  • 1 anaheim pepper
  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 lime
  • optional: mint for garnish
  1. Chop the apples and strawberries into small chunks.
  2. Slice the lime into thick rounds.
  3. Slice the top off the anaheim pepper.  Pull out the bulk of the seeds, then slice crosswise into thick rounds.
  4. layer fruit and pepper into a large pitcher, sprinkling sugar inbetween each layer of fruit.
  5. Let sit for approximately 10 minutes, then pour the wine, juice, and the soda into the pitcher.
  6. Cover and chill the sangria for several hours.  Serve cold and possibly with a spoon so you can politely dig out all that wine soaked fruit!
So we intended to serve this to Karen on Sunday night during dinner down at Murphy’s Place.  Karen was so tired though that she stayed home that night.  And we, uh, we well, um, we drank it all without her.  Bad friends!

Look how delicious everything was…can you blame us for polishing it all off? 🙂

There actually was a positive out of gobbling up Karen’s birthday Sangria….we came up with a whole new Sangria recipe after tasting that one.
So here I present to you Peaceful Sangria:


Peaceful Sangria


  • 1 pound strawberries, finely chopped
  • 2 cups finely chopped watermelon
  • 2 peaches, finely chopped
  • 1 anaheim pepper, de-seeded and cut crosswise into thick slices
  • 1 lime, sliced crosswise
  • 1 bottle Yadkin Creek
  • 1 bottle Sweet River White


  1. Layer all the fruit and the pepper in a large pitcher.  For this recipe, we omitted the sugar and grape juice since the Sweet River White is so sweet already.  We also omitted the club soda as we didn’t really feel it added anything to the first recipe.
  2. Pour the Yadkin Creek and Sweet River White over the fruit.
  3. Cover and chill for several hours.

So last night I was able to serve Karen a glass of Peaceful Sangria to celebrate her birthday.  I liked both versions, so I’m not sure which one I’d recommend over the other.  Make them both and let me know which you liked best!  Cheers!