Summer Sipping

Easy preparation and local ingredients make sangria the party beverage of choice


Sangria is the ultimate party drink. It’s classy, it’s tasty, and it fits almost any occasion. Created in Spain, this festive punch is a host’s go-to beverage, no matter what the weather or time of year. Sangria can also be easy to make: Chop up your favorite fruits, toss them in a pitcher of wine, and maybe mix in some fruit juice and spritzer. Voila! Your back-porch dinner party is a hit!

You can also take your sangria to the next level – and better yet, use a medley of Rhode Island ingredients. Gooseneck Vineyards has some lively reds for the task, and local rum doesn’t get better than small-batch maker White Dog Distilling. The finishing touch is Yacht Club soda, which could be Pineapple, Orange Seltzer, Fruit Punch, or any number of other flavors.