Camping Sangria is an easy cocktail to make while camping. It is sweet and refreshing with club soda, orange juice and red wine.
When it comes to camping, I like to make things as easy as possible. Many times I will bring a bottle of wine, but there are times when I want something special. This Camping Sangria is just that. It takes wine to a whole new level.
I recently came back from a trip to Durango, Colorado. On the way to Durango, I stayed at a campground that had a concert venue on the grounds. I made this Camping Sangria as a happy hour treat before the concert.
I added orange slices and orange juice for a fruity flavor, a bit of coconut palm sugar for some sweetness, and some club soda for a bit of bubbly. Not only does it make your wine more fun, it extends your drink as well. When you are out in the sun, wind or high altitudes, it is good to have that extra water and orange juice to keep you from getting dehydrated. (Who am I kidding – you need a lot of water and electrolytes too.)
If you happen to have friends stopping by – or make friends with some nearby campers, this is a great cocktail to serve. I usually carry mason jars when camping, so this is an easy recipe to throw together and let sit out for awhile to meld.
Since a 32 oz. mason jar only holds half the bottle of wine and half the other ingredients, this can be made twice in one day, or in two large mason jars. You could also cork the bottle of wine or use a vacuum wine stopper and make the rest of the Camping Sangria the next day.
My intention was to have some frozen grapes to keep the sangria cold, but I didn’t get around to buying grapes. (Getting ready for camping is a lot of work!) Freezing grapes also means thinking ahead, which you don’t always have the luxury of doing when you’re camping. When I travel, I stay at hotels in between camping, so preparing ahead doesn’t always work.
The next time you need to unplug and unwind, and feel like a camping excursion, bring these ingredients to make some Camping Sangria. It is a nice treat after setting up camp, hiking, sightseeing, or whatever other adventures you find yourself drawn to. Speaking of treats while camping, some Campfire Stuffed Bananas are another great way to end the day.
- 1 32 oz. mason jar (recipe will fill jar twice – or bring 2 mason jars)
- 1 750 ml bottle of Merlot or other red wine
- 2 oranges
- 1 8 oz. can club soda
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
- Slice 1/2 of one orange and put slices in mason jar. Juice the other 1/2 of the orange and add juice to orange slices.
- Add 1/4 cup sugar. Top with 1/2 the bottle of wine. Let sit for several hours so that sugar dissolves and flavors marry.
- Add 1/2 the can of club soda and ice or frozen grapes to keep cold. Drink, then repeat recipe with the other 1/2 of ingredients.