By Alison Bailin Batz
Is there anything more refreshing than really good sangria in the summer? We think not! Be them fruity, herby, sparkling or sweet, here are some of our local favorites.
Think beachy sangria, with the spice of Malbec and cardamom, hints of vodka and cognac, then a special (usually top secret) ingredient – Pamplemousse!
5600 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.588.2908; www.casaanejo.com.
7th Street Sangria, $5
It’s only fitting that this local hot spot is serving up local flavor in its sangria! The Mexican eatery, specializing in enchiladas, mixes Pinot Grigio, peeled and muddled oranges, lime juice, pure cane simple syrup, and soda water.
3313 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.279.5080; www.gadzooksaz.com.
White Sangria, $10/glass, $21/pitcher
Grassroots keeps it tight-lipped on its top-secret sangria ingredients, but rest assured, it is loaded with fruit and will hit the spot any time of day.
2119 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.368.8766; www.grassrootsaz.com.
La Grande Orange Pizzeria
White Sangria, $7/glass, $21/pitcher
A combination of white wine, vanilla, orange juice, brandy and fresh fruit makes this sipper sweet and satisfying.
4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.840.7777; www.lagrandeorangepizzeria.com.
Lon’s Last Drop at the Hermosa Inn
Cowboy’s Dream, $12
Pinot grigio, aged rum and apricot brandy are combined with fresh lime, pineapple and coconut juices and topped with soda water in a strawberry-lined glass.
5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley; 602.955.8614; www.hermosainn.com.
O.H.S.O. Brwery + distillery
Red or White Sangria, $9/glass, $34/pitcher
It may be surprising that this local favorite serves more than beer. The white sangria is a combination of white wine, Peach Schnapps, apricot brandy and fresh fruit juice. The red version starts with red wine, and is completed with orange vodka, apricot brandy and fresh fruit juice. 4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.955.0358; www.ohsobrewery.com.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey
Seasonal Sangria, $10
This sangria is meant to vanquish the summer heat with the refreshing flavors of Hanson Boysenberry Vodka, Patrón Citrónge Mango, pineapples, orange juice and white wine. 3950 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.603.9411; www.tacostequilawhiskey.com.
Red or White Sangria, $8
The guest’s choice of red or white wine is mixed with a hint of brandy, gin and a generous portion of seasonal fruits – a perfect pairing with one of the restaurant’s pizzas!
1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.248.2480; www.theparlor.us.
True Food Kitchen
Farmers Market Sangria, $10
Organic white wine is combined with spiced brandy, lime and pineapple for a tropical treat.
2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.774.3488; www.truefoodkitchen.com.