I am excited to bring you this recipe for the simplest cocktail ever! While this post was sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Happy Memorial Day! We are getting ready to celebrate with a get together with a bunch of close friends. We’re hosting and taking care of the burgers, hot dogs and drinks. I wanted an easy cocktail that I could make on a larger scale for the group. We were picking up sodas for the party so I decided to make a three ingredient Sangria, called Rioja Libre, for the adults to enjoy.
A Rioja Libre is a simple mix of soda and red wine that originated in Spain. It is also referred to Kalimotxo or Calimocho and is really popular because it is so simple to make. The wine lovers in your life might raise their eyebrow a bit when they see you making this but one taste will totally change that opinion!
Rioja Libre Ingredients:
1 bottle Rioja
1 20 oz bottle of Coke
Let’s Make It:
1) In a large pitcher, add fruit, rioja and coke. Serve in cups over ice.
Traditionally, just sliced lemon is used for a Rioja Libre but for our batch at the party, I used apples, orange and limes. And even though Sangria traditionally has brandy, adding the fruit made this cocktail reminiscent of a Sangria which is always a favorite.
I love cocktails that only require a few ingredients but are so easy to make for a large crowd. I have a great mason jar style drink dispenser that this looks so great in. Plus, once it is mixed, my work is done versus me having to mix drinks for each person.
I love all of the fun sayings on the Coke bottles right now. We bought a bunch from our nearby Giant Eagle store and I found the one perfect for Mathlete.
What kind of cocktails do you like to make for parties?
- 1 bottle Rioja
- 1 20 oz bottle of Coke
- Sliced Fruit
- Place sliced fruit in a large pitcher. Add Rioja and Coke and gently stir.
- Serve over ice.