FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Come summer, sangria shines.
This plummy punch, a blend of various wines and fruits, not only refreshes, but, because it's often served in a pitcher, has the kind of cache other cocktails don't. In other words: it's all about sharing. What follows are some options for indulging in this crowd-pleasing concoction. Feel free to tell us more of your favorites on our Facebook pages.
Barcelona Wine Bar, Stamford, Fairfield White and red, complete with pineapple juice, rum, brandy and orange liqueur, are available at this Spanish charmer where tapas and paella tend to be on every table. Choose from one of the eatery's house-made syrups such as traditional (citrus, fresh fruit, sugar) or spring herbs (lavender, sage, rosemary). The Sangria Flora is another option filled with Spanish Rosé, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, soda, and fresh fruit. Cheers to Summer: 222 Summer St., (203) 348-4800, Stamford, 4180 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, (203) 255-0800.
Bartaco, Stamford and Westport: Ok, so there's no sangria here per say but... they do have a a cocktail called the"Well Oiled Style" that's essentially a ""make your own" sangria. It's a pitcher of any of the restaurant's Agua Frescas or iced teas, plus alcohol on the side, and slices of citrus fruit, and it's meant to be shared. You can mix to your liking. Cheers to Summer: 222 Summer St., Stamford, (203) 323-8226 or 20 Wilton Rd., Westport, (203) 222-8226.
Cask Republic, South Norwalk: Fresh berries make the Ménage A Trois Sangria a thrice as nice winner. This dazzling medley includes red wine, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, ginger, rhubarb, dark rum and triple sec. Cheers to Summer: 99 Washington St., (203) 354-0163.Eastend, Greenwich: Go for a spin on the traditional with Roselle Sangria - Tito's handmade vodka, hibiscus tea, fresh lemon juice and rosé wine.
Cheers to Summer: 409 Greenwich Ave., (203) 862-9200.
Mexicali Rose, Bethel: Margaritas tend to rule at this Mexican hot spot but red sangria is equally popular, a nice balance to the guac and chips. Cheers to Summer: 68 Stony Hill Rd., (203) 744-6666.
El Coyote, Brookfield, Monroe: Expect the traditional at this Mexican favorite where red or white sangria are served either by the glass or pitcher. Locations in Brookfield and Monroe. Cheers to Summer: 838 Main St., Monroe, (203) 459-4055, 270 Federal Rd, Brookfield, (203) 546-7355.
Paloma, Stamford: This Latin eatery practically overflows with innovative cocktails, among them red and white sangria. The white is made with Sauvignon Blanc, chard, apples, pears, brandy, and apricot while the red boasts Malbec, Cab, apples, oranges, rosewater, goslings and mulling spices. Cheers to Summer: 15 Harbor Point Rd., (203) 998-7500.
Panchos and Gringos, Brookfield: Red and white sangria are on the menu at this Mexican eatery where burritos, chimichangas, and quesadillas rule. Cheers to Summer: 779 Federal Rd., (203) 775-0096.
The Sitting Duck Tavern, Stratford: A bracing balance of flavors awaits you at The Sitting Duck where you'll find white sangria made with Barefoot Moscato, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur and fresh fruit, topped with club soda and red sangria with Barefoot Sweet Red wine, Jim Beam Bourbon, apple cider and a splash of club soda. Cheers to Summer: 3694 Main St.,(203) 873-0871.
The Spread, Norwalk: Red and rosé sangria are on the menu here -- one made with red wine, the other a splash of rosé and white -- but both chock-full of oranges, making for the ideal summer sipper. Cheers to Summer: 70 N Main St., (203) 939-1111.
Valencia Luncheria, Norwalk: Fresh apples and oranges are used to make the red sangria at this casual eatery where, on occasion, you'll also find rosé. Cheers to Summer: 164 Main St., (203) 846-8009.