50 DRINKS IN 50 STATES: THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE SANGRIA IN PENNSYLVANIA

Get inspired to drink your way across America (without ever leaving your backyard) with Margaritaville’s 50 Drinks in 50 States series.

My intel on this historic state can be considered expert as I have spent my entire life living here. I can break it down fairly simply; in the west you have Pittsburg, in the east you have Philadelphia, and in the middle of the two, you’re in Pennsyltucky. This is not to say Pennsyltucky doesn’t have a lot to offer. Kane county is the black cherry capital of the world, Puxatawney is the weather capital of the world, Indiana City is the Christmas tree capital of the world, and Hershey is the chocolate capital of the world. These are vitally important contributions, if you ask me (especially the chocolate). I’ve spent my life in the Philly ‘burbs and my own personal “you know you’re from Philly if…” would go something like this. I know I’m from Philly because I drink “wooder”, vacation “down the shore” (Jersey), color with “crowns”, and could eat my weight in soft pretzels and cheesesteaks (wit). We’re an interesting bunch, but we’ve got heart.

Truth be told, what really makes Pennsylvania stand out, besides the outlandish amount of potholes, is its history. It was in Philadelphia that Betsy Ross stitched the first American flag, the Liberty Bell can still be visited, and the Declaration of Independence was announced to the world on July 4th, 1776. Though generally we drink a lot of Yuengling (America’s oldest Brewery, thank you very much), this Red, White and Blue Sangria more accurately captures what Pennsylvania has to offer – our country’s beginning.

Red, White and Blue Sangria
Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 2 c. Halved strawberries
  • 2 c. halved blueberries
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • 1 c. Triple Sec
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • Club Soda

Instructions
1. Place strawberries and blueberries in a large glass pitcher.

2. Add the lemon juice.

3. Add the triple sec.

4. Add the bottle of wine.

5. Top with club soda.