Disclaimer: I have never been to Greece. However, I am drinking blueberry ginger sangria while grilling souvlaki, whipping up tzatziki, and listening to ABBA. I’ve essentially made my backyard into a Mamma Mia set.
We can’t travel. Yet. But that doesn’t mean we should confine ourselves mentally, and that’s precisely what the blueberry ginger sangria—also known as The Getaway—is here for.
A delicious blend of gingery fizz, lemon zest, and blueberry sweetness, this drink will whisk you and your shoppers away to a Mediterranean island. (Don’t have too many, otherwise, the trip may become a reality.)
May is the ideal backdrop for this sangria, as it blends perfectly with my California weather: warm, blue-filled skies and soft evenings that banish the memory of too-crisp nights.
As the domestic blueberry season hits its stride, this drink is a perfect way to showcase the gorgeous berries hitting retail shelves. Cross-merchandising opportunities are endless in multiple departments as well, as a retail display for sangria wouldn’t look out of place next to grilling ads or the drinks department. I, for one, wouldn’t mind seeing a blue-and-white themed set-up that could pass as a Mamma Mia backdrop.
Now, I must ask the industry: Are you joining me in Greece? I’ve got enough sangria to go around. Opa!
1 bottle of white wine
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 oz brandy, optional
2 cups ginger ale
Prep Time: 5 min
Chill Time: 1 hr
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stash in the fridge for at least 1 hour (or until chilled).
Serve over ice. That’s it!
Optional: If you like an extra kick as I do, double the brandy for takeoff!