A bright, crisp and refreshing summer sangria filled with the flavors of sweet mango and zesty ginger!
I don’t want to take up a ton of your time, so we’re gonna take a small detour before we get to the recipe.
Guys… wedding planning takes up a lot of time. If you’ve planned a wedding, this isn’t news to you. If you haven’t, here’s a snippet: You’re researching, calling people for pricing, emailing vendors, setting appointments, booking hotels, introducing and reintroducing yourself to everyone you talk to, jotting down ideas, analyzing every friendship you’ve ever had and whether or not they’re wedding invite-worthy, DIYing, decision making, and doing it all with a smile on your face.
We’ve been trying to get as much done right now as we can, because we decided to get married in February of next year. We’re wasting no time getting everything situated so that by the end of the summer, we can breathe easy and just wait for that magical day. The goal is for this to be a fun party, and we’re not focused on the little details like place settings and linens. They just aren’t the priority for us. I know some people LIVE for planning that sort of thing, but in the end all we care about is good food, good company, laughter, dancing, and a crapload of pictures to remember the day.
So all that said, I haven’t had much time for baking. It’s also been approximately a million degrees with high humidity every day for what seems like forever, so there’s really been no desire to whip up a batch of… well, anything. Except this sangria.
It’s cold, it takes ten minutes to make, and it’s perfect to sip while lounging in a chair surrounded by dozens of wedding invitation samples when you’re trying to decide if foil press greenery on 130 lb paper is the way to go.
The sweetness of the mango is complemented by zesty ginger, and for some reason it makes me feel healthy when I’m drinking it. Mind you… it’s not. I mean, it’s not awful for you, but it’s certainly not health food. But, you know, fruit and stuff.
I personally enjoy using Goya mango nectar(aff link) and Bundaberg ginger beer when I make this, but you can of course use whatever you like and/or have that’s convenient. You don’t haveto have fresh mango for this, but trust me – you’ll be missing out on boozy little chunks of mango heaven if you opt to leave it out. I like to add an extra fruit or two to mine, just to give it a little color. Blueberries, strawberries and peaches all work beautifully!
If you’re looking to expand your sangria game, here are a few more to add to your arsenal:
I love the idea of the ginger in the drink, it sounds wonderful, can't wait to try it!
Tuesday 24th of July 2018
So different and looks refreshing. Speaks summer to me.
Monday 23rd of July 2018
Talk about the perfect summer drink to keep the party going! Love the ginger beer and that you are also using fresh ginger.. such great flavor combinations with the mango.
Sunday 22nd of July 2018
Sounds and looks refreshing and SOUNDS like you deserve this drink more than the rest of us! You forgot one thing on your list of wedding preparations/analysis...crying. When I researched all that for my wedding 13 years ago I cried at the price and preparation. So we married in Vegas and spent 2 weeks in Hawaii for our honeymoon! Your cocktail sounds PERFECT for this summer heat though!! Thanks for sharing!
Sunday 22nd of July 2018
I refused to eat mango as a kid, but now I love it! And our local grocery store has it all year long. Definitely need to buy some and make this sangria...looks perfect for summer