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.
Frozen Black Cherry Sangria, $8.50
The restaurant’s proprietary blend of red zinfandel is blended with almond syrup, exotic cherry and other fruit juices, then served frozen with fresh black cherries.
Two locations; www.jalapenoinferno.com.
LON’s Last Drop
Cowboy’s Dream, $12
Pinot grigio, aged rum and apricot brandy are combined with fresh lime, pineapple and coconut juices, with a topping of soda water – all in a strawberry-lined glass. 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley; 602.955.7878;
Pig & Pickle
Samba Sangria, $6
Red wine is mixed with cachaça, which is a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, triple sec and fresh juices. 2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.1407; www.pigandpickle.com.
Sparkling Sangria, $8
Elderflower liqueur plus lemon, orange, grapes and opal (or purple) basil is topped with a healthy pour of sparkling wine. 4801 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix; 602.795.9463; www.saltysow.com.
Red Sangria, $12
Both red and white wines are combined with gin, brandy, rum and even tequila, and then fresh juice is added. The concoction sits for 24 hours to infuse the flavors before being poured over ice and served with a splash of Sprite, an orange wedge, cherries and lime. 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.245.6708; www.solcocina.com.
Rosé Sangria, $8
Côtes de Provence Rosé, fresh peaches, mint and organic agave are blended and steeped for a week, and then the ingredients are strained out and served in a Champagne glass. 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.477.1390;
Sparkling Sangria, $11
Prosecco and hum liqueur, which is a botanical spirit oft-considered an elevated alternative to sweet vermouth or orange liqueur, is mixed with ginger, spices, hibiscus syrup and a fresh fruit salsa. 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.483.325; www.tanzyrestaurant.com.
True Food Kitchen
Farmers Market Sangria, $10
Organic white wine is combined with spiced brandy, lime and pineapple. 15191 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.265.4500;www.truefoodkitchen.com.
The Boulders Resort & Spa
Try the “Sip and Soak with Sangria” service at the Boulders, which includes aromatic Blueberry Lavender Sangria during an AVEDA foot soak in the salon followed by nail grooming, an exfoliating food scrub, a massage, and a five-minute Dazzle Dry polish application for $79 (available to local residents and resort guests). 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree; 480.488.9009; www.theboulders.com.