Today is the first official day of Summer- did you know that? And in honor of the occasion, it’s a whopping 101 degrees here in Texas today (big shocker- it’s been in the triple digits for a while now…). Hubby and I went out running errands this weekend and nearly melted- it’s HOT. We immediately came home and jumped in the pool. And had a drink or two. ;-) When it’s hot like this, there’s nothing better than floating in the pool with a fruity drink in your hand, while listening to some cool, Caribbean music (my all-time favorite summer music is this CD- we listened to it non-stop on our honeymoon and now it’s our pool-time music of choice!). There are so many great Summery drinks out there- some of our favorites are Piña Coladas, Margaritas (hubby’s all-time favorite drink), and practically anything with coconut rum (lately, I’ve been making one with equal parts Sprite, pineapple juice and coconut rum- delish!). I’ve been wanting to try this Carolina Sangria for awhile now since I saw it in Southern Living a few weeks ago, and yesterday was the perfect opportunity. We had my parents over for Father’s Day and I decided to use them as guinea pigs (again!). My dad absolutely loved it- he said it was every bit as good as the “Paradise Punch” they had in Belize a few years ago! Yay! Looks like I’ve found another perfect Summer drink to add to our regular list!

Carolina Peach Sangria
-adapted from Southern Living Magazine, June 2010

1  (750-milliliter) bottle white wine (I used Chardonnay)
3/4  cup  vodka
1 cup  peach nectar
6 tablespoons  thawed frozen lemonade concentrate
2 tablespoons  sugar
1 small (6-oz) can pineapple-banana-orange juice
1 cup  club soda, chilled

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Chill until ready to serve. Garnish with peach slices if desired.

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  1. Lucky! It’s 50 and pouring rain here in WA! I can’t wait for some sunshine and to try this drink!

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    Comment by Mireya — June 21, 2010 @ 1:06 PM

  2. You live in Texas, too?! Cool! I know it’s a big state with loads of people, but still…haha. I don’t drink alcohol, so I can’t comment much on this drink. It looks super cute, though!

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    Comment by Memoria — June 21, 2010 @ 1:51 PM

  3. Perfect way to get the summer under way :)

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    Comment by Eliana — June 21, 2010 @ 3:07 PM

  4. I love sangria and this sounds like a great one!

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    Comment by Kelsey — June 22, 2010 @ 11:01 AM

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