House made sangria – Babalu Tapas & Tacos

House made sangria - Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Glass $6
Babalu Tapas & Tacos, Memphis TN

This sangria was on the watered down side, but the flavors were good enough. It was a decent size though.

Sangria – Cancun Sabor Mexicano

Sangria - Cancun Sabor Mexicano

Pitcher $15
Cancun Sabor Mexicano, Berkeley CA

I loved going to Cancun back when I was in graduate school! It’s super casual and the food is delicious. Hmm, I really need to get back to Berkeley more often.

Cheat sangria!

Whenever we’re down at the PS house, I always make a large batch of sangria to keep in the refridgerator. I love the stuff because it’s so refreshing and nice to have around on a hot, sunny day!

Sangria fruit
At the nearby grocery store, I look for a variety of fruit that are on sale or look particularly good. I like to get a nice mixture for extra flavor. Here I have nectarines, pears, oranges, mangoes, and apples.

Sliced sangria fruit
Slice up the fruit and place in a bowl. I like to keep them in large chunks because eating the alcohol soaked fruit is the best part.

Sangria mix

Here’s where I cheat. I mix 1 part bottled sangria (I really like the Cruz Garcia Real Sangria brand) with 1 part red wine (I’ll just get anything on sale because I’m just mixing it with the sangriz mix anyway). I’ve experimented with the different sangria brands and have found that a higher quality brand really makes a difference on the end result. The bottled sangria tends to be too sugary for my taste so adding more wine helps to temper the sweetness.

Sangria glass

Pour some sangria into a decorative glass and enjoy poolside. Cheers!

Red sangria – Poquito

Red sangria - Poquito

Pitcher $18
Poquito, San Francisco CA

Red sangria - Poquito

Mmm, I love red sangria! Poquito’s version was pretty good and the pitcher is decently priced. I need to make it out to the Dogpatch neighborhood more often!

Noe Valley Whole Foods Christmas trees
The Christmas trees now cover the entrance to the Noe Valley Whole Foods, 24th Street. I’m still contemplating whether I should get a small tree this year.

Trio’s white sangria – Trio Restaurant

Trio's white sangria - Trio Restaurant

Blend of white wines, a splash of this and a splash of that, fresh fruit. $8
Trio Restaurant, Palm Springs CA

This was ok, but I wish it was a little more flavorful. Ugh, I did not enjoy this restaurant at all! The food was mediocre (as you will see), the service was green, and the decor and atmosphere didn’t mesh well.

Baguette and butter - Trio Restaurant
Baguette and butter. Complimentary

Rainmaker Fountain, North Palm Canyon Drive
Rainmaker Fountain, North Palm Canyon Drive.

Sangria – Cafe Mystique

Sangria - Cafe Mystique

Fruity red wine sangria garnished with strawberry, lemon, apple, and mint. Happy hour $4.95
Cafe Mystique, San Francisco CA

I’ve often overlooked this restaurant on Castro Street, but I’m SO glad I finally tried it. They have a great happy hour, the food is tasty, and the service is SO friendly! Sometimes, it’s all about the details. Not only were these sangrias delicious, but I love all the large garnishes (that lemon knot is super cute) and they even add a skewer to better retrieve the alcohol soaked fruit.

Burning phoenix graffiti mural, The Mission
Burning phoenix graffiti mural, The Mission. I can honestly say that I’d never noticed this artwork before along 24th Street, but it’s frickin’ AMAZING! I love the colors and the positioning of everything. One of my favorites so far!