Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Tropical Sangria

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Well spring is here and the sun is starting to make brief appearances here in the Pacific Northwest.  I think part of the reason I chose passionfruit for April’s Flavor of the Month is because it’s tropical.  I feel like everyone I know is going somewhere warm for vacation so warm tropical destinations and weather are on my mind. I also thought you’d all appreciate a drink that is easy to serve a group since Easter is next Sunday (how is it that time already!).

With all that buildup, today I am sharing a tropical version of sangria with you.  It’s tropical because it has passionfruit, lime and pineapple in it and that combo just scream tropical to me!

Let’s head to the tropics!

Get out a pitcher that you can serve the sangria in.  If possible, use a clear one.  The passionfruit makes this sangria a sunny yellow color and it would be a shame to hide it. Put half of the pineapple chunks in the bottom of the pitcher and pour the wine over it. Now muddle this a few times to release some of the juice from the pineapple.

Then you’ll pour in the passionfruit juice.  You guys, I found this frozen passionfruit at a Mexican grocery near our house and it makes using passionfruit a lot easier (and cheaper!).  It was $5 and it’s probably the equivalent to juicing/straining at least 30 passionfruit!  You may be able to find this product or something similar at a Mexican or Asian grocery near you.

Now add the lime juice and brandy and stir it all together.

Chill the pitcher until you’re ready to serve. The final step is pouring in the soda (I actually used Sprite Zero) and gently stirring.  You want to do this right before serving so the soda doesn’t go flat.

When serving, put a few pineapple chunks in each glass and pour in the sangria.



Tropical Sangria
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  • 2 cups pineapple chunks
  • 1 bottle of Riesling
  • 1/2 cup passionfruit puree
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda


  1. Put half of the pineapple chunks in the bottom of a pitcher and pour wine over it. Muddle a few times.
  2. Pour in the passionfruit, lime juice and brandy and stir.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.
  4. Add the soda right before serving.
  5. To serve, put a few pineapple chunks in each glass and pour in the sangria.

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