It may not feel like summer outside, but Memorial Day weekend marks the official unofficial start of summer and all the glory that comes with it — beach days, tan lines and of course, summer drinks. Imbibing in the sunshine is one of the key pillars to enjoying the season, and while I like to take down Bud Lights as much as the next gal, there’s something special about sipping a cocktail on a patio. It does wonders for the soul.

Colleen Kennedy at The Granary Tavern agrees, and to help, she sent us over this recipe for a summer sangria that she created. Made with cinnamon, Kennedy says that the ingredient — which is not often found in sangria — cuts the sweetness, so you’re not getting too much of a fruity taste. The splash of club soda, says Kennedy, adds a fun fizz to an already refreshing drink.

Below you’ll find all the instructions to make the sangria at home and impress your barbecue guests (or you know, yourself).


.25 oz. Peachtree
.25 oz. Triple Sec
Dash lime juice
Splash of soda water or sparkling water
1.5 oz. orange juice
Dash cinnamon simple syrup
1 oz. red or white wine


First, start by filling a large glass with ice. Then, check out the directions as demonstrated by Kennedy in step-by-step photos below:

For more, check out this video of Kennedy whipping up the drink below. Happy sipping!