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15 Easy Sangrias Recipes You Should Try To Chill This Summer

15 Easy Sangrias Recipes You Should Try To Chill This Summer

Sangria is a red wine punch that originated in Spain and Portugal and although it has been enjoyed there for hundreds of years, Americans didn’t find out about it until the 1964 World’s Fair. Sangria recipes now are filled with fruit and different types of wine – even whites, making it a Sangria Blanco.

Try one of these refreshing Sangria recipes on a hot summer day or at your next gathering.

1. White Sangria

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    This recipe includes brandy and sugar in addition to white wine and citrus – so it packs a punch.

    2. Super Fruity Sangria

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      Lemonade, sugar and slices of fruit from citrus flavors to apricots and berries make this white wine based Sangria a flavorful accompaniment to any backyard barbecue.

      3. Berry-Crangria

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        Berries, cranberry juice and red wine make this a crowdpleaser for those with tart tastes. This is even a good option at the holidays for a festive punch-like drink.

        4. Pear and Prosecco Sangria

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          Pear juice, white wine, Spanish brandy and prosecco (an Italian sparkling wine) give this Sangria flavor – and a kick. Stir it up and serve it over ice in large glasses.

          5. Low Sugar Sangria

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            Whether you’re reducing sugar for personal reasons or have a dietary restriction, you shouldn’t be excluded from the party. This recipe uses Agave nectar instead of sugar and still has a full flavor.

            6. Berry-Arugula Sangria

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              Gimmesomeoven.com proclaims this to be the Best Sangria recipe. It could be. And it has Arugula floating around in there – you know, Arugula, that spicy, peppery salad thing. It’s also got other yummy stuff, so live on the edge, freak out your friends and give it a shot. It also has orange liqueur, brandy and red wine – so how bad could it be?

              7. Carolina Peach Sangria

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                You don’t have to drink mint juleps to feel like you’re in the South. This Carolina Peach Sangria – complete with vodka, lemonade and rose wine is perfect for any hot day on the porch.

                8. Elderflower Sangria

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                  Elder…what? Yes, elderflower liqueur, made from the flowers of the elderberry bush. Nectarines, plums, white wine and…rum! Yum! What’s not to love?

                  9. Grapefruit Sorbet Sangria

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                    Grapefruit juice – or make it into grapefruit sorbet, strawberries, white wines and this sangria becomes tarty sweet awesomeness. What a refreshing drink after a hot day filled with yard work – or laying out by the pool.

                    10. Stone Fruit Sangria

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                      The Chic Table’s sangria recipe makes this seasonal cocktail even more seasonal. Infusing the fruit with the brandy and wine gives it tons of flavor.

                      11. Watermelon Raspberry Sangria

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                        The kids didn’t eat all of that watermelon? Shucks. Have to make some Sangria out of it. Pip and Ebby use raspberry liqueur to make this Sangria taste amazing.

                        12. Cucumber Sangria

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                          While this Sangria looks like it came out of a website called “ThingsThatAreGreen.com,” it’s actually a delightful mix of lime, mint, melon and cucumber. Cucumber can be one of the most refreshing items on a hot day and it’s subtle flavor boosts the flavors of the other items in the mix. Not just for watching the Kentucky Derby, this sangria can be enjoyed anytime!

                          13. Thai-Basil Sangria

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                            A little OJ, a little brandy, a little sprig of Thai Basil and this Sangria becomes a savory, sweet refreshing drink. A wonderful accompaniment to that grilled chicken or fish, you could add the basil sprigs and orange slices to your salmon and enhance the flavors even more. Or you could just drink it.

                            14. Blood Orange Sangria

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                              Blood oranges make anything look good. The striking contrast of color between the blood oranges and the berries is awesome. Rim the glasses with sugar, mix the wine, brandy and club soda and YUM! Just try and avoid Facebooking while drinking it.

                              15. Frozen Sangria

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                                Because on a hot day, what could possibly be better? Nothing. That’s what.

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                                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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