Soak up summer with this fruity Strawberry Lemon Rosé Sangria! With a sweet flavor and sparkling taste, this summer sip is the perfect drink for a summer BBQ or party that is sure to be a hit.
Yes, I am sharing a summer recipe, but we are going to talk about the time of the year we are coming upon…
The first day of school.
I know some people have already started school, but here in Michigan, public schools start after Labor Day. And I am totally on board with that. I remember when I was younger before Michigan made the switch to starting school after Labor Day and we would go to school for maybe 2 days, then have a long weekend off for Labor Day. Like why get adjusted to school when your mind is on the long holiday weekend ahead? Am I right? In college we always had a few days of classes before Labor Day and it just did not make any sense to me.
When I commit to something, I go all in. So if I am going to commit to a new school year, don’t tempt me with a long weekend that has a 95% chance it will involve a beach. Just don’t.
But now that I am going to be student teaching, I’ll be headed back to a public high school so I don’t start until after Labor Day. Right?
HA NOPE. I have very quickly realized just how much work goes into a new school year. Even the teachers that have been teaching for years and years still spend weeks getting their classrooms put together. I have already been visiting my classroom a few times over the last few weeks to lesson plan and get ready for the year. Overwhelming? Oh yes. Exciting? You bet.
It is weird that even though I graduated college, I am still gearing up for back to school season. My mom and I used to always have a day of back to school shopping where it would just be me and here getting ready for the new school year. And you bet that we did that again this year. I am starting a new school year so I am not going to pass up on a momma – daughter shopping date! We went out yesterday and I am happy to report that we were extremely successful. Everything I had on my list of things to buy, I bought.
New school bag? Check. New dress pants? Check. New flats? Check.
New laptop? CHECK!
You guys, this one is sooooo exciting! I bought my first laptop the summer before I went to college and had the same one throughout my four years of college. It did its job, but it had a few issues – horrible battery life, as in I was happy if it lasted 20 minutes, it also was loud, seriously, ask my family — everyone knew where I was with my laptop. It sounded like a plane taking off and would continue to stay loud and heat up. It worked, though was slow, and I knew it was time for a new laptop. It did its job for me for 4 years, but there is no way I was going to walk into my classroom on the first day of school with a laptop where my students would not be able to hear me (not even exaggerating about that). Oh, and my brother dropped it once, so there is a broken piece off of it. So that’s cool too.
So I went computer shopping – luckily I had my brother with me to help me figure out what I needed – and although I ended up going a bit over my original budget, I LOVE my new laptop. It is so much quicker, it is so light (I always hated how heavy my previous laptop was), and it is soooooo quiet. No one in my family is going to have any idea where I am anymore 😉 And the battery life is excellent. I can actually write this whole post and barely use any charge — YAAS.?
Anyway, although I am nervous as heck for this upcoming year, I am excited. I FINALLY get to teach and to craft my own lesson plans and to connect with students. I always hear that this student teaching internship is the best experience. Although there will be days I will want to come home and cry, there will be days that a lesson plan goes as planned and those are the days I will celebrate and appreciate (from what I hear they are not too common?).
And on those really rough days, I’ll make it through with a wine night at home. Yup, no shame in my wine game.
On Sunday, we hosted family and friends over for a small BBQ and I immediately told my mom that I wanted to be on sangria duty. And she was totally on board with it. I sat down to think about what sangria I wanted to make — I had to make it a good one since family was coming over and I had to make not too crazy so everyone would enjoy it.
Strawberry and lemon was the answer.
I grabbed a bottle of organic wine from Natura Wines, rosé to be exact, and with just a handful of additional ingredients, this Strawberry Lemon Rosé Sangria was born. And it got the thumbs up from the family so you know it is a crowd pleaser, especially on a summer afternoon, or even after a long day setting up your classroom 😉
Natura Wines are organic, vegan-friendly, and high quality wines. No flavor is lost in these organic wines, but the organically-grown grapes are grown with the utmost respect for the environment, which I love to see a vineyard doing. Drink the wine straight from a glass or mix it into a sangria, either way you are sure to be one happy camper with these wines.
- 1 bottle Rosé
- 4 cups Strawberry Sparkling Water
- 1 cup Strawberries, sliced lengthwise
- 1 Lemon, cut
- ⅓ cup Triple Sec
- ⅓ cup Fresh Mint, chopped
- Ice, to chill
- In a large punch bowl, combine rosé, triple sec, strawberries, and lemon and stir
- Place in a fridge and let sit for at least 2 hours (2-4 hours is ideal soaking time)
- Add strawberry sparkling water, mint, and ice and stir
- Serve, add additional strawberries, lemon, and mint for a garnish if desired
Serving a large crowd? This recipe is great doubled!
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- Did you, or do you, start school before or after Labor Day?
- Do you have a favorite sangria flavor?
Disclosure: I received free product from Natura Wines in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own. Thanks for your support!