Sangria

Learn how to make authentic Spanish sangria with this easy sangria recipe. It only takes a few minutes to prep, it’s easy to customize with your favorite wine and fruit, and it’s great for entertaining a crowd! Ever since we moved to Barcelona, I’ve received lots of requests for an authentic Spanish sangria recipe here […]

Learn how to make authentic Spanish sangria with this easy sangria recipe. It only takes a few minutes to prep, it’s easy to customize with your favorite wine and fruit, and it’s great for entertaining a crowd!

Sangria Recipe

Ever since we moved to Barcelona, I’ve received lots of requests for an authentic Spanish sangria recipe here on the blog. But as it turns out…locals here actually don’t really drink much sangria. (Which came as a total surprise to us too!)

If you glance around a restaurant here in Spain, it’s almost always the tourists who are the ones with pitchers of sangria on their tables. When locals here are craving a cold drink, they usually opt instead for a glass of vermut (here in Catalonia) or sidra (in Asturias) or tinto de verano (wine with lemon soda down in the south) or kalimotxo (wine with Coke in the Basque country). Granted, Spaniards do proudly take the credit for sangria, although the details of its origins are a bit murky. And my Spanish friends also made sure to note as I was writing this post that they do occasionally make a batch of sangria at home in the summertime, especially when they’re looking for a cheap and easy way to provide drinks for a crowd. But with amazing high-quality wine being so affordable and abundant here in Spain, most of the time people here would much prefer to just drink it straight instead of diluting it into sangria.

Still though, even if sangria is admittedly more of a touristy thing in Spain, I love making it this time of year! It has long been my go-to cocktail for summer entertaining, especially since it’s so easy to make (less than 10 minutes or prep), relatively affordable (and a perfect use for inexpensive wine), completely customizable with your favorite ingredients (hello, colorful fruit that’s in season), and it always tastes so light and refreshing (perfect for summer). It’s also easy to prep a few hours in advance, making it a great drink for easy summer entertaining. And in my experience, it’s always a hit with a crowd.

So if you are interested in learning how to make authentic sangria, here is the way that sangria is prepared here in Spain. There may be a few surprise ingredients in here, so read on!

Sangria Recipe | 1-Minute Video

Fresh fruit for authentic Spanish sangria

Spanish Sangria Ingredients:

If you ask bartenders here in Spain how to make sangria, they will be the first to tell you that — technically — there is no standard way to make sangria. It’s really just a wine punch made with seasonal fruit, sweetener, a good splash of brandy, and possibly something fizzy added in. But beyond that, the details are 100% up to you! I’ve included lots of tips below for how to customize your own sangria recipe. But as a starting place, here are the sangria ingredients that are used most commonly here in Spain:

  • Spanish red wine: As the world’s third largest wine producer, Spaniards would absolutely insist that you choose a decent Spanish red for your sangria. (Rioja wine is the popular choice, which typically features garnacha and/or tempranillo grapes.)  But no need to splurge on an expensive bottle. Sangria is the perfect way to gussy up any inexpensive or leftover wine that you might have on hand.
  • Brandy: This is the spirit most commonly added to Spanish sangria recipes. But if you don’t have any on hand, feel free to sub in cognac or orange liqueur instead.
  • Fresh chopped fruit: The standard three fruits you will see most often in Spain are oranges, lemons and green apples. But as I mention below, feel free to also add in other juicy fruits that you happen to have on hand.
  • Cinnamon stick: Yep, cinnamon! This was a fun surprise moving to Spain — there’s almost always a cinnamon stick floating in every pitcher of sangria here, and I love the subtle hint of warming spice that it adds.
  • Sweetener: Feel free to add as much sweetener to your sangria you would like. Sugar or brown sugar is standard here in Spain (melted into a simple syrup, with equal parts boiling water and sugar). But feel free to use maple syrup or honey for a natural alternative.
  • Bubbles: Totally up to you if you would like to make your sangria a bit fizzy! I prefer mine flat, but feel free to top your glasses off with a light soda (such as Sprite, La Casera or ginger ale) or sparkling water just before serving if you would like.

Sangria Pitcher

How To Make Sangria:

Homemade sangria couldn’t be easier to make. Simply…

  1. Chop your fruit: Dice the orange, lemon and green apple into evenly-sized pieces.
  2. Stir everything together: Combine the diced fruit, wine, brandy, the juice of one orange, and a cinnamon stick together in a large pitcher.
  3. (Optional) Add sweetener: If you prefer a sweeter sangria, feel free to add in a tablespoon or two of sweetener at a time until the sangria reaches your desired level of sweetness.
  4. Cover and refrigerate: Pop the pitcher in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours before serving, in order to let those flavors meld together.
  5. Serve: Then serve the sangria over ice, topping off each glass with a splash of bubbly soda (or sparkling water) if desired.

Spanish Sangria Recipe

Sangria Recipe Variations:

As I mentioned above, the beauty of sangria is that it’s really more of a method than an exact recipe. So just gather whatever ingredients you have on hand and customize a batch to your liking. For example, feel free to…

  • Use a different wine: Red wine is traditional with Spanish sangria. But a good Spanish white or rosé wine would also work great!
  • Use a different liqueur: If brandy isn’t your thing, cognac or orange liqueur (such as Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec) are also popular additions to sangria here in Spain.
  • Add different fruit: Sangria is the perfect use for leftover fresh or frozen fruit, so feel free to add in whatever you have on hand. Any juicy fruits (such as citrus, berries, grapes, pineapple, mango, kiwi, etc.) would be delicious.
  • Add fresh ginger: If you would like to give your sangria a bit of a kick, muddle in a few slices of fresh ginger.
  • Make it spicy: This is 100% non-traditional, as Spaniards typically don’t like to add much heat to their food or drinks, but I sometimes love to muddle in a jalapeño slice or two to give the sangria a subtle but interesting kick.

Sangria

More Authentic Spanish Recipes:

Looking for more authentic Spanish or Catalan recipes to try? Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve learned to make while we have been living in Barcelona…

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Sangria Recipe

Sangria

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Description

Learn how to make authentic Spanish sangria with this easy sangria recipe.  It only takes a few minutes to prep, it’s easy to customize with your favorite wine and fruit, and it’s great for entertaining a crowd!


Ingredients

  • 2 bottles Spanish red wine (Rioja wine is most popular)
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 oranges, one juiced and one diced
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 1 lemon, diced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • optional sweetener: simple syrup* or maple syrup
  • optional bubbles: lemon-lime soda, ginger ale or sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Add the wine, brandy, orange juice, diced orange, diced apple, diced lemon and cinnamon stick to a large pitcher.  Stir to combine.  Taste and add in a few tablespoons of sweetener, if desired.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  3. Serve the sangria over ice, topping off each glass with a splash of bubbly soda (or sparkling water) if desired.

Notes

Simple Syrup: To make simple syrup, just combine equal parts sugar (or honey) with water.  Give the mixture a stir and heat until the sugar (or honey) has dissolved.  Then use immediately, or cover and refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to use.

The BEST Sangria Recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Sangria

Learn how to make authentic Spanish sangria with this easy sangria recipe. It only takes a few minutes to prep, it’s easy to customize with your favorite wine and fruit, and it’s great for entertaining a crowd! Ever since we moved to Barcelona, I’ve received lots of requests for an authentic Spanish sangria recipe here […]

Learn how to make authentic Spanish sangria with this easy sangria recipe. It only takes a few minutes to prep, it’s easy to customize with your favorite wine and fruit, and it’s great for entertaining a crowd!

Sangria Recipe

Ever since we moved to Barcelona, I’ve received lots of requests for an authentic Spanish sangria recipe here on the blog. But as it turns out…locals here actually don’t really drink much sangria. (Which came as a total surprise to us too!)

If you glance around a restaurant here in Spain, it’s almost always the tourists who are the ones with pitchers of sangria on their tables. When locals here are craving a cold drink, they usually opt instead for a glass of vermut (here in Catalonia) or sidra (in Asturias) or tinto de verano (wine with lemon soda down in the south) or kalimotxo (wine with Coke in the Basque country). Granted, Spaniards do proudly take the credit for sangria, although the details of its origins are a bit murky. And my Spanish friends also made sure to note as I was writing this post that they do occasionally make a batch of sangria at home in the summertime, especially when they’re looking for a cheap and easy way to provide drinks for a crowd. But with amazing high-quality wine being so affordable and abundant here in Spain, most of the time people here would much prefer to just drink it straight instead of diluting it into sangria.

Still though, even if sangria is admittedly more of a touristy thing in Spain, I love making it this time of year! It has long been my go-to cocktail for summer entertaining, especially since it’s so easy to make (less than 10 minutes or prep), relatively affordable (and a perfect use for inexpensive wine), completely customizable with your favorite ingredients (hello, colorful fruit that’s in season), and it always tastes so light and refreshing (perfect for summer). It’s also easy to prep a few hours in advance, making it a great drink for easy summer entertaining. And in my experience, it’s always a hit with a crowd.

So if you are interested in learning how to make authentic sangria, here is the way that sangria is prepared here in Spain. There may be a few surprise ingredients in here, so read on!

Sangria Recipe | 1-Minute Video

Fresh fruit for authentic Spanish sangria

Spanish Sangria Ingredients:

If you ask bartenders here in Spain how to make sangria, they will be the first to tell you that — technically — there is no standard way to make sangria. It’s really just a wine punch made with seasonal fruit, sweetener, a good splash of brandy, and possibly something fizzy added in. But beyond that, the details are 100% up to you! I’ve included lots of tips below for how to customize your own sangria recipe. But as a starting place, here are the sangria ingredients that are used most commonly here in Spain:

  • Spanish red wine: As the world’s third largest wine producer, Spaniards would absolutely insist that you choose a decent Spanish red for your sangria. (Rioja wine is the popular choice, which typically features garnacha and/or tempranillo grapes.)  But no need to splurge on an expensive bottle. Sangria is the perfect way to gussy up any inexpensive or leftover wine that you might have on hand.
  • Brandy: This is the spirit most commonly added to Spanish sangria recipes. But if you don’t have any on hand, feel free to sub in cognac or orange liqueur instead.
  • Fresh chopped fruit: The standard three fruits you will see most often in Spain are oranges, lemons and green apples. But as I mention below, feel free to also add in other juicy fruits that you happen to have on hand.
  • Cinnamon stick: Yep, cinnamon! This was a fun surprise moving to Spain — there’s almost always a cinnamon stick floating in every pitcher of sangria here, and I love the subtle hint of warming spice that it adds.
  • Sweetener: Feel free to add as much sweetener to your sangria you would like. Sugar or brown sugar is standard here in Spain (melted into a simple syrup, with equal parts boiling water and sugar). But feel free to use maple syrup or honey for a natural alternative.
  • Bubbles: Totally up to you if you would like to make your sangria a bit fizzy! I prefer mine flat, but feel free to top your glasses off with a light soda (such as Sprite, La Casera or ginger ale) or sparkling water just before serving if you would like.

Sangria Pitcher

How To Make Sangria:

Homemade sangria couldn’t be easier to make. Simply…

  1. Chop your fruit: Dice the orange, lemon and green apple into evenly-sized pieces.
  2. Stir everything together: Combine the diced fruit, wine, brandy, the juice of one orange, and a cinnamon stick together in a large pitcher.
  3. (Optional) Add sweetener: If you prefer a sweeter sangria, feel free to add in a tablespoon or two of sweetener at a time until the sangria reaches your desired level of sweetness.
  4. Cover and refrigerate: Pop the pitcher in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours before serving, in order to let those flavors meld together.
  5. Serve: Then serve the sangria over ice, topping off each glass with a splash of bubbly soda (or sparkling water) if desired.

Spanish Sangria Recipe

Sangria Recipe Variations:

As I mentioned above, the beauty of sangria is that it’s really more of a method than an exact recipe. So just gather whatever ingredients you have on hand and customize a batch to your liking. For example, feel free to…

  • Use a different wine: Red wine is traditional with Spanish sangria. But a good Spanish white or rosé wine would also work great!
  • Use a different liqueur: If brandy isn’t your thing, cognac or orange liqueur (such as Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec) are also popular additions to sangria here in Spain.
  • Add different fruit: Sangria is the perfect use for leftover fresh or frozen fruit, so feel free to add in whatever you have on hand. Any juicy fruits (such as citrus, berries, grapes, pineapple, mango, kiwi, etc.) would be delicious.
  • Add fresh ginger: If you would like to give your sangria a bit of a kick, muddle in a few slices of fresh ginger.
  • Make it spicy: This is 100% non-traditional, as Spaniards typically don’t like to add much heat to their food or drinks, but I sometimes love to muddle in a jalapeño slice or two to give the sangria a subtle but interesting kick.

Sangria

More Authentic Spanish Recipes:

Looking for more authentic Spanish or Catalan recipes to try? Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve learned to make while we have been living in Barcelona…

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Sangria Recipe

Sangria

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Description

Learn how to make authentic Spanish sangria with this easy sangria recipe.  It only takes a few minutes to prep, it’s easy to customize with your favorite wine and fruit, and it’s great for entertaining a crowd!


Ingredients

  • 2 bottles Spanish red wine (Rioja wine is most popular)
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 oranges, one juiced and one diced
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 1 lemon, diced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • optional sweetener: simple syrup* or maple syrup
  • optional bubbles: lemon-lime soda, ginger ale or sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Add the wine, brandy, orange juice, diced orange, diced apple, diced lemon and cinnamon stick to a large pitcher.  Stir to combine.  Taste and add in a few tablespoons of sweetener, if desired.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  3. Serve the sangria over ice, topping off each glass with a splash of bubbly soda (or sparkling water) if desired.

Notes

Simple Syrup: To make simple syrup, just combine equal parts sugar (or honey) with water.  Give the mixture a stir and heat until the sugar (or honey) has dissolved.  Then use immediately, or cover and refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to use.

The BEST Sangria Recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Sangria

Learn how to make authentic Spanish sangria with this easy sangria recipe. It only takes a few minutes to prep, it’s easy to customize with your favorite wine and fruit, and it’s great for entertaining a crowd! Ever since we moved to Barcelona, I’ve received lots of requests for an authentic Spanish sangria recipe here […]

Learn how to make authentic Spanish sangria with this easy sangria recipe. It only takes a few minutes to prep, it’s easy to customize with your favorite wine and fruit, and it’s great for entertaining a crowd!

Sangria Recipe

Ever since we moved to Barcelona, I’ve received lots of requests for an authentic Spanish sangria recipe here on the blog. But as it turns out…locals here actually don’t really drink much sangria. (Which came as a total surprise to us too!)

If you glance around a restaurant here in Spain, it’s almost always the tourists who are the ones with pitchers of sangria on their tables. When locals here are craving a cold drink, they usually opt instead for a glass of vermut (here in Catalonia) or sidra (in Asturias) or tinto de verano (wine with lemon soda down in the south) or kalimotxo (wine with Coke in the Basque country). Granted, Spaniards do proudly take the credit for sangria, although the details of its origins are a bit murky. And my Spanish friends also made sure to note as I was writing this post that they do occasionally make a batch of sangria at home in the summertime, especially when they’re looking for a cheap and easy way to provide drinks for a crowd. But with amazing high-quality wine being so affordable and abundant here in Spain, most of the time people here would much prefer to just drink it straight instead of diluting it into sangria.

Still though, even if sangria is admittedly more of a touristy thing in Spain, I love making it this time of year! It has long been my go-to cocktail for summer entertaining, especially since it’s so easy to make (less than 10 minutes or prep), relatively affordable (and a perfect use for inexpensive wine), completely customizable with your favorite ingredients (hello, colorful fruit that’s in season), and it always tastes so light and refreshing (perfect for summer). It’s also easy to prep a few hours in advance, making it a great drink for easy summer entertaining. And in my experience, it’s always a hit with a crowd.

So if you are interested in learning how to make authentic sangria, here is the way that sangria is prepared here in Spain. There may be a few surprise ingredients in here, so read on!

Sangria Recipe | 1-Minute Video

Fresh fruit for authentic Spanish sangria

Spanish Sangria Ingredients:

If you ask bartenders here in Spain how to make sangria, they will be the first to tell you that — technically — there is no standard way to make sangria. It’s really just a wine punch made with seasonal fruit, sweetener, a good splash of brandy, and possibly something fizzy added in. But beyond that, the details are 100% up to you! I’ve included lots of tips below for how to customize your own sangria recipe. But as a starting place, here are the sangria ingredients that are used most commonly here in Spain:

  • Spanish red wine: As the world’s third largest wine producer, Spaniards would absolutely insist that you choose a decent Spanish red for your sangria. (Rioja wine is the popular choice, which typically features garnacha and/or tempranillo grapes.)  But no need to splurge on an expensive bottle. Sangria is the perfect way to gussy up any inexpensive or leftover wine that you might have on hand.
  • Brandy: This is the spirit most commonly added to Spanish sangria recipes. But if you don’t have any on hand, feel free to sub in cognac or orange liqueur instead.
  • Fresh chopped fruit: The standard three fruits you will see most often in Spain are oranges, lemons and green apples. But as I mention below, feel free to also add in other juicy fruits that you happen to have on hand.
  • Cinnamon stick: Yep, cinnamon! This was a fun surprise moving to Spain — there’s almost always a cinnamon stick floating in every pitcher of sangria here, and I love the subtle hint of warming spice that it adds.
  • Sweetener: Feel free to add as much sweetener to your sangria you would like. Sugar or brown sugar is standard here in Spain (melted into a simple syrup, with equal parts boiling water and sugar). But feel free to use maple syrup or honey for a natural alternative.
  • Bubbles: Totally up to you if you would like to make your sangria a bit fizzy! I prefer mine flat, but feel free to top your glasses off with a light soda (such as Sprite, La Casera or ginger ale) or sparkling water just before serving if you would like.

Sangria Pitcher

How To Make Sangria:

Homemade sangria couldn’t be easier to make. Simply…

  1. Chop your fruit: Dice the orange, lemon and green apple into evenly-sized pieces.
  2. Stir everything together: Combine the diced fruit, wine, brandy, the juice of one orange, and a cinnamon stick together in a large pitcher.
  3. (Optional) Add sweetener: If you prefer a sweeter sangria, feel free to add in a tablespoon or two of sweetener at a time until the sangria reaches your desired level of sweetness.
  4. Cover and refrigerate: Pop the pitcher in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours before serving, in order to let those flavors meld together.
  5. Serve: Then serve the sangria over ice, topping off each glass with a splash of bubbly soda (or sparkling water) if desired.

Spanish Sangria Recipe

Sangria Recipe Variations:

As I mentioned above, the beauty of sangria is that it’s really more of a method than an exact recipe. So just gather whatever ingredients you have on hand and customize a batch to your liking. For example, feel free to…

  • Use a different wine: Red wine is traditional with Spanish sangria. But a good Spanish white or rosé wine would also work great!
  • Use a different liqueur: If brandy isn’t your thing, cognac or orange liqueur (such as Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec) are also popular additions to sangria here in Spain.
  • Add different fruit: Sangria is the perfect use for leftover fresh or frozen fruit, so feel free to add in whatever you have on hand. Any juicy fruits (such as citrus, berries, grapes, pineapple, mango, kiwi, etc.) would be delicious.
  • Add fresh ginger: If you would like to give your sangria a bit of a kick, muddle in a few slices of fresh ginger.
  • Make it spicy: This is 100% non-traditional, as Spaniards typically don’t like to add much heat to their food or drinks, but I sometimes love to muddle in a jalapeño slice or two to give the sangria a subtle but interesting kick.

Sangria

More Authentic Spanish Recipes:

Looking for more authentic Spanish or Catalan recipes to try? Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve learned to make while we have been living in Barcelona…

Print
Sangria Recipe

Sangria

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Description

Learn how to make authentic Spanish sangria with this easy sangria recipe.  It only takes a few minutes to prep, it’s easy to customize with your favorite wine and fruit, and it’s great for entertaining a crowd!


Ingredients

  • 2 bottles Spanish red wine (Rioja wine is most popular)
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 oranges, one juiced and one diced
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 1 lemon, diced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • optional sweetener: simple syrup* or maple syrup
  • optional bubbles: lemon-lime soda, ginger ale or sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Add the wine, brandy, orange juice, diced orange, diced apple, diced lemon and cinnamon stick to a large pitcher.  Stir to combine.  Taste and add in a few tablespoons of sweetener, if desired.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  3. Serve the sangria over ice, topping off each glass with a splash of bubbly soda (or sparkling water) if desired.

Notes

Simple Syrup: To make simple syrup, just combine equal parts sugar (or honey) with water.  Give the mixture a stir and heat until the sugar (or honey) has dissolved.  Then use immediately, or cover and refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to use.

The BEST Sangria Recipe from Gimme Some Oven

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This Pesto Pasta Salad recipe is loaded up with the most delicious mix of Italian-inspired ingredients. Easy to prep up to a few days in advance and sure to be a crowd fave! Anytime there’s a summer potluck happening, I call dibs on bringing the pasta salad! And this summer, this fabulous pesto pasta salad is […]

This Pesto Pasta Salad recipe is loaded up with the most delicious mix of Italian-inspired ingredients. Easy to prep up to a few days in advance and sure to be a crowd fave!

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Anytime there’s a summer potluck happening, I call dibs on bringing the pasta salad!

And this summer, this fabulous pesto pasta salad is my new go-to. ♡

It’s loaded up with all of my favorite Italian-inspired pasta salad ingredients, from sun-dried (or fresh!) tomatoes to tender artichoke hearts, fresh arugula, tangy pepperoncini peppers, mini mozzarella balls, rich Kalamata olives and toasted pine nuts. Everything is generously tossed with fresh basil pesto (highly recommend making a batch homemade while fresh basil is in season) and served up with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan. I mean seriously, with an all-star ingredient lineup like this, who wouldn’t love this pasta salad?!

That said, this recipe is super flexible, so feel free to also add in some meat (salami, chicken, shrimp, pepperoni) or any of the other ingredient suggestions listed below. It’s also easy to adapt this pasta salad to be gluten-free and/or vegan if you’d like. And this recipe also holds up really well in the fridge for a few days, so feel free to make it in advance of a gathering or use it as easy meal prep for the week ahead.

Bottom line, everyone who has tried this pasta salad absolutely raves about it and can’t stop going back for more. So whip up (or buy!) a batch of pesto and let’s make some pasta salad together!
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This watermelon gazpacho recipe is the perfect balance of savory and sweet, it’s full of feel-good fresh ingredients, and always tastes so light and refreshing. Summertime = gazpacho time. ♡ And after sharing my favorite recipe for authentic (tomato) gazpacho with you years ago when we first moved to Spain, I thought that this summer we […]

This watermelon gazpacho recipe is the perfect balance of savory and sweet, it’s full of feel-good fresh ingredients, and always tastes so light and refreshing.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Summertime = gazpacho time. 

And after sharing my favorite recipe for authentic (tomato) gazpacho with you years ago when we first moved to Spain, I thought that this summer we could turn to its irresistibly sweet and savory cousin — watermelon gazpacho.

This refreshing chilled soup is the perfect way to use up a leftover hunk of watermelon that you might have hanging out in the fridge after last weekend’s picnic. When blended together with lots and lots of summer veggies, a handful of fresh mint, a slice of bread and some simple seasonings, this gazpacho tastes like summertime sunshine in a bowl. And it is delicious!

Bonus? This watermelon gazpacho recipe only takes about 15 minutes to prep and can be made up to two days in advance. Plus it’s made with fresh and healthy ingredients that are also naturally vegan and gluten-free (if you use gf bread), which makes gazpacho an especially great option if you happen to be cooking for a crowd this summer. We often turn to gazpacho when we’re entertaining this time of year since it’s so easy to prep ahead of time — usually just serving it up with a light salad and a loaf of crusty bread — and it hits the spot every time!

So grab some fresh watermelon and summer veggies, and let’s blend up a quick batch together!

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Watermelon Gazpacho

This watermelon gazpacho recipe is the perfect balance of savory and sweet, it’s full of feel-good fresh ingredients, and always tastes so light and refreshing. Summertime = gazpacho time. ♡ And after sharing my favorite recipe for authentic (tomato) gazpacho with you years ago when we first moved to Spain, I thought that this summer we […]

This watermelon gazpacho recipe is the perfect balance of savory and sweet, it’s full of feel-good fresh ingredients, and always tastes so light and refreshing.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Summertime = gazpacho time. 

And after sharing my favorite recipe for authentic (tomato) gazpacho with you years ago when we first moved to Spain, I thought that this summer we could turn to its irresistibly sweet and savory cousin — watermelon gazpacho.

This refreshing chilled soup is the perfect way to use up a leftover hunk of watermelon that you might have hanging out in the fridge after last weekend’s picnic. When blended together with lots and lots of summer veggies, a handful of fresh mint, a slice of bread and some simple seasonings, this gazpacho tastes like summertime sunshine in a bowl. And it is delicious!

Bonus?  This watermelon gazpacho recipe only takes about 15 minutes to prep and can be made up to two days in advance.  Plus it’s made with fresh and healthy ingredients that are also naturally vegan and gluten-free (if you use gf bread), which makes gazpacho an especially great option if you happen to be cooking for a crowd this summer.  We often turn to gazpacho when we’re entertaining this time of year since it’s so easy to prep ahead of time — usually just serving it up with a light salad and a loaf of crusty bread — and it hits the spot every time!

So grab some fresh watermelon and summer veggies, and let’s blend up a quick batch together!

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The classic 3-ingredient Rice Krispie Treats recipe is kicked up an irresistible notch with brown butter, toasted marshmallows, a splash of bourbon (if you’d like), and an extra pinch of sea salt. Crazy good! Raise your hand if you grew up loving rice krispie treats! ♡ These 3-ingredient wonders from the back of the Kellogg’s […]

The classic 3-ingredient Rice Krispie Treats recipe is kicked up an irresistible notch with brown butter, toasted marshmallows, a splash of bourbon (if you’d like), and an extra pinch of sea salt. Crazy good!

Raise your hand if you grew up loving rice krispie treats! ♡

These 3-ingredient wonders from the back of the Kellogg’s box were a total family fave in our house growing up, and also one of the very first recipes that I proudly learned to make “all by myself” as a kid.  But while the classic recipe will forever and always be a nostalgic fave — guys, I’m here today to tell you that they can be so much tastier with a few simple tweaks!

First, we’ve gotta brown that butter.  This step only takes an extra few minutes and adds the most delicious, rich and nutty flavor to these treats.  Second, why not toast those marshmallows?!  It literally takes less than a minute to broil marshmallows in the oven, and that extra roasty toasty flavor (as charred as you prefer) tastes just as amazing as you would think in this recipe.  Third, you’ve gotta add some extra sea salt.  In my opinion, it is notably lacking in the original recipe and serves to balance out the sugary-sweet flavor of the marshmallows.  And finally — perhaps most importantly — I’m a big believer that you need to add slightly less Rice Krispies than the original recipe calls for.  I love my rice krispie treats soft and chewy, not hard and dry, which can be solved by adjusting the cereal ratio a bit and lightly pressing (rather than firmly packing) the mixture into your baking dish.

If you would really like to kick these up an extra notch, I also love adding a good splash of bourbon to the melty marshmallow mixture, which is just as delicious as you would imagine but optional if you would rather not.  And, of course, you’re also welcome to add in extra peanut butter, chocolate chips, vanilla or sprinkles if you would like too.

Bottom line — these extra few steps only add about an extra 10 minutes or so to an already speedy prep time for these treats, and kick the flavor up a majorly delicious notch.  So if you’re feeling nostalgic and want to make a batch, give this version a try!

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Carne Asada

My favorite Mexican carne asada recipe — made with a simple and flavor-packed carne asada marinade, and easy to cook on an outdoor grill or on the stovetop. Perfect for tacos, burritos, nachos, fries, and more!  Raise your hand if you love carne asada as much as I do! ♡ This traditional Mexican grilled steak […]

My favorite Mexican carne asada recipe — made with a simple and flavor-packed carne asada marinade, and easy to cook on an outdoor grill or on the stovetop. Perfect for tacos, burritos, nachos, fries, and more! 

Carne Asada (Mexican Grilled Steak)

Raise your hand if you love carne asada as much as I do! ♡

This traditional Mexican grilled steak has always been one of my favorite things to order at restaurants and street taco stands over the years.  I love it served hot off the grill with a side of fresh lime and avocado, or incorporated into everything from carne asada tacos to fries, burritos, nachos, fajitas, quesadillas and more.  But what I really love is when the steak is made with a bold, citrusy, and zesty marinade.

Traditional Mexican carne asada (which translates to mean “roasted” or “grilled meat” in Spanish) can run the gamut in terms of seasoning, sometimes made simply with just salt, pepper and oil.  But in most regions in Mexico, it is customary to let the steak marinate for a few hours in a bright and citrusy marinade before searing it on a blazing hot grill — which, in my opinion, is a very very good idea and kicks the flavor up a mega notch!

Here at home, I like to make my own carne asada marinade with a bold blend of fresh orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño and a few dried seasonings.  And while I highly recommend charring the steak on an outdoor grill if you have one, I can vouch (after having lived in Barcelona without a grill for a few years) that this recipe still tastes fantastic when seared on high heat in a grill pan or cast-iron skillet on the stove too.  Feel free to tinker around with the marinade and ingredients and find the blend that works best for you.  Then serve it up however you love best — the options for carne asada dishes are deliciously endless.

Alright, fire up that barbacoa (which means “barbecue” in Spanish) and let’s grill some steak!

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Blueberry, Corn and Avocado Chopped Salad

This Blueberry, Corn & Avocado Chopped Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, tossed with a lemony dressing and lots of fresh basil, and perfect for summertime! Friends! I have the perfect summery salad for all of us to make this weekend. ♡ It’s loaded up with juicy blueberries, fresh sweet corn, creamy avocado, […]

This Blueberry, Corn & Avocado Chopped Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, tossed with a lemony dressing and lots of fresh basil, and perfect for summertime!

Blueberry Corn and Avocado Chopped Salad

Friends! I have the perfect summery salad for all of us to make this weekend. ♡

It’s loaded up with juicy blueberries, fresh sweet corn, creamy avocado, tender greens and fresh basil that are all deliciously in season right now.  Then I’ve also added in some toasted almonds and red onion for extra crunch, a generous sprinkling of crumbled feta for a bit of creamy tang, and tossed everything together with a quick lemon dressing to bring everything together.

It’s a vibrant, feel-good, crowd-pleaser of a salad that’s easy to whip up in just 20 minutes.  And it tastes like the absolute best of summertime.  Let’s make some!

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Fresh Salsa Verde

This fresh tomatillo salsa (salsa verde cruda) recipe is easy to make in 5 minutes with 100% raw ingredients, and it tastes refreshingly light, sweet, and full of fresh flavors! A few years ago while we ate our way around Mexico City for the first time, I fell head-over-heels in love with the city’s salsa […]

This fresh tomatillo salsa (salsa verde cruda) recipe is easy to make in 5 minutes with 100% raw ingredients, and it tastes refreshingly light, sweet, and full of fresh flavors!

A few years ago while we ate our way around Mexico City for the first time, I fell head-over-heels in love with the city’s salsa verde cruda.

As in, green salsa made completely with raw (“cruda”) ingredients. ♡

By contrast to most salsas verdes that you find in the States, which are almost always made with roasted tomatillos, the raw salsas verdes that we were served in Mexico City tasted ultra-light and sweet and refreshing.  Lucky for us, salsa verde cruda was served at almost every restaurant that we visited.  But our hands-down favorite was the salsa verde from Contramar.

I actually bought a copy of Chef Gabriela Cámara’s cookbook after our meal just so that I could learn how to make this salsa when we went home.  As it turns out, her recipe is incredibly simple.  But it does include one fun trick to make the texture of this salsa even more light and crisp — adding in a bit of lettuce!  We made a batch of it this week with and without the lettuce and can vouch that it really does make a lovely difference.  And when served up with a batch of salty tortilla chips (or drizzled on tacos, burgers, kabobs, french fries, you name it), I’m telling you, this vibrant salsa verde is downright irresistible.

So bring home a bag of fresh tomatillos, and let’s blend up a quick batch together!

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