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Summer Fest: Very Cherry Sangria

Week four of our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2011 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into eggplant, peaches and cucumbers. Now we’re chowing down on cherries.

In season summer fruit is so sweet and juicy, you don’t even need to think about adding sugar to your favorite drinks, you can just add succulent fruit. One of the best ways to drink cherries this summer is in a classic fruity cocktail: sangria.

No matter how you make your sangria (there are so many options), I’d advise skipping the simple syrup and relying solely on the flavor of your fruit. Pick from white sangria that’s chock full of lemons, limes, peaches and white Spanish wine or red sangria that’s filled with apples, oranges and a dry red wine. Sangria is great for masking cheaper wines or serving drinks to a large crowd. Me, I’ll just sip it on a Wednesday evening.

Purchase cherries from your local farmers’ market.

Pit cherries and slice in half.

Slice oranges, a lemon and a peach.

Very Cherry Sangria

1 bottle inexpensive red wine, chilled
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and sliced in half
1 fresh peach, sliced
1 Meyer lemon, sliced
2 blood oranges, sliced
3 oz. brandy
1 cup pineapple juice

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Serve over ice.

More Cherries from Family and Friends:

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Big Girls Small Kitchen: Cherry Cornmeal Cake
Cooking With Elise: Roasted Cherries with Lavender and Almond Panna Cotta
Daydreamer Desserts: Cherry Crumble Cake
Ingredient Challenge Monday: Black Forest Ice Cream Done Two Ways
Spices and Aroma: Dilkush with Cherries
And Love It Too: Cherry-Pecan Chicken Salad
FN Dish: The Ultimate Cherry Pie
Daily*Dishin: Simple French Cherry Clafouti
Glory Foods: Collard Greens and Cherry Reduction
Chez Us: Gluten-Free Cherry Clafoutis
Food for 7 Stages of Life: South Indian Hot and Sour Soup
Virtually Homemade: Dark Chocolate Cherry Kuchen
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Cherry Conserves
The Sensitive Epicure: Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Clafouti
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
Zaika Zabardast: Balsamic Cherry and Peach Crisp
Mooshu Jenne: Rainier Cherry Panna Cotta
Food2: A Very Cherry Recipe Round-Up
Virtually Vegan Mamma: Fresh Cherry and Almond Scones
CIA Dropout: Italian Cherry Cake
Sweet Life Bake: Honey-Tequila Pickled Cherries
Cooking With Books: Cherry Cooler
Recipe Girl: Cherry Limeade Pound Cake

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    My mouth is watering!

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  12. HagelBagel posted 08/03/2011

    SAMPLES PLEASE!!!!

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  14. jessmelo posted 08/03/2011

    Im allergic to the skin of cherries is it possible to try another fruit?

  15. Rohita Shanker posted 08/03/2011

    Tis the season

  16. Rohita Shanker posted 08/03/2011

    'Tis the season

  17. Daydreamer Desserts posted 08/03/2011

    So very refreshing… I could definitely use a glass of this right about now!

  18. Domestic Goddess posted 08/04/2011

    Definitely trying this one on Friday for our dinner on the deck.

  19. Susan posted 08/04/2011

    This would be the ultimate sangria for me! Can't wait to try it!!

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  21. Amber posted 08/08/2011

    Oh my goodness, this is so delicious. Unfortunately we didn't have the best pick of ripe fruits so I decided to make a simple syrup to sweeten it up a little. Served over ice with fruit and sprinkled a pinch of cinnamon on top. It is to die for. This will be my go-to drink!!

  22. Jenne posted 08/11/2011

    Going to have to try this! Sounds so good with the rain about to come to TX!

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