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Posted on Jul 28, 2016 |

Rita’s Recipe: Summer Sangria

Rita’s Recipe: Summer Sangria

Easy to make exactly as you like it, sangria makes a refreshing drink for a summer wedding or party - or evening at home.

Easy to make exactly as you like it, sangria makes a refreshing drink for a summer wedding or party – or evening at home.

The tradition of toasting wine at weddings and other special occasions has Biblical roots! Think about the wedding celebration at Cana, where Christ performed his first public miracle. (John 2:1-10).

Today you don’t have to grow your own grapes, like folks of Bible days did. But you can certainly enjoy wine much like they did in Christ’s time: in its natural state or in this wonderful summer beverage.


  • 1 bottle Chablis or other kind of LESS DRY wine (I like Rose)
  • 1/2 cup ea or more to taste: tequila and orange liqueur
  • 32 oz bottle Ocean Spray white cranberry peach juice
  • 1 can Sprite
  • Fresh fruit: slice peach, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry (whatever!)

Mix wine, liqueurs and juice together. Chill.

Stir in Sprite right before serving.

Place fruit in bottom of stemmed glass. Add ice. Pour Sangria over.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld writes a weekly syndicated column and blog for the Community Press, appears every Thursday on the Son Rise Morning Show, and is the author of several cookbooks. An adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, she is Certified Culinary Professional and Certified Modern Herbalist,  the Culinary Professional for Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, and a media personality with a cable show and YouTube videos. In 2014 she was inducted into the Escoffier Hall of Fame. She lives “in the sticks” outside Batavia, Ohio with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. You’ll find all her previous recipes featured on The Catholic Beat here.

Rita’s Bible Foods segment airs on the Son Rise Morning Show every Thursday morning at 7:22 am (rebroadcast Friday at 6:02 am). Tune in to hear her discuss the history behind each recipe and the scripture verses that inspired it. And of course, for cooking tips!

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