THE DRINK NATION IS A FREE RESOURCE FOR FINDING EVERYTHING AWESOME ABOUT DRINKING IN YOUR LOCATION
The Drink Nation Home Bar Project Cover

New Drink for Summer: Czech Sangria

Why not?
New Drink for Summer: Czech Sangria

As unimaginable heat scorches a good portion of the nation, American men and women look to summer beverages to quench their thirsts. Typically, the burden of refreshment falls to cold, light brews like American lagers or wheat beers. Sometimes foreign products are called upon, however, such as sangria — a delicious mix of fruit, wine, sugar, cognac liqueur and seltzer that hails from Spain — or a traditional pilsner beer such as one from the Czech Republic.  

I was enjoying both those delicious liquids this past weekend when I was presented with an intriguing quandary. To make sangria, I soak fruit in sugar and Grand Marnier overnight, (which transforms each morsel into a piece of alcoholic candy). In a moment of poor judgement, I had created too much fruit mix for the amount of wine I had, and was left with a surplus. Enter my six pack of Pilsner Urquell (4.40% ABV), the best known Czech beer in the world.

While the blend of these two might shock Czechs and Spaniards alike, I figured none of them were near my backyard, so why not go for it?  To my surprise, the blend was delicious. The sweetness of the fruit and brandy was pleasantly offset by the bitter Saaz hops in the pilsner, to great effect. Not only that, but the natural carbonation of the beer was a more than adequate substitute for sangria’s usual seltzer water.

With that, the Czech Sangria was born: a Frankenstein of cultures and drink preferences designed to deliver all from heat stroke. I invite you to give it a try and make your own — but keep an open mind. The recipe is not so much a blueprint as it is a set of guiding principles, which should be tweaked to suit your own taste buds.

Czech Sangria

3 cups Rainier or Bing cherries, pitted and halved
1 ripe peach, thinly sliced
2 ½ cups Grand Marnier
1 cup sugar
1 six pack Pilsner Urquell (Lagunitas Pils would work as a U.S.-brewed substitute)

Mix the fruit, liqueur and sugar in a container. Cover the mixture, and refrigerate for 8 hours or longer. Add half a cup of the mixture to a 12-oz. serving of pilsner, in any vessel you see fit — get creative!

Recent Articles

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Drink a Classic Cocktail for a Good Cause During Negroni Week, June 24-30

Drink a Classic Cocktail for a Good Cause During Negroni Week, June 24-30

Negroni Week 2019 is June 24-30, so drink this classic cocktail for a good cause....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 19, 2019
What to Do if Your Uber, Lyft, or Cab Driver Ever Strays From Your Destination or Makes You Feel in Danger

What to Do if Your Uber, Lyft, or Cab Driver Ever Strays From Your Destination or Makes You Feel in Danger

If you're taking an Uber, Lyft, or cab and feel unsafe, there are steps you can take to protect yourself....read more ›

by Nina Starner Jun 19, 2019
Behind the Bar: Kat Corbo of The Study & Winner of Speed Rack 2019

Behind the Bar: Kat Corbo of The Study & Winner of Speed Rack 2019

This time on Behind the Bar, we spoke to Kat Corbo of The Study, who recently won Speed Rack 2019....read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 15, 2019
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Have Merged in a $300 Million Deal

Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Have Merged in a $300 Million Deal

In a huge move for the American craft beer community, Boston Beer and Dogfish Head have agreed to a merger valued at $300 million dollars. ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 10, 2019
A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A new, high-end blend of Jack Daniel's whiskey, known as Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold, which was previously only ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 15, 2019
Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon has debuted an entirely new label design, has expanded to more states...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 3, 2019
PBR is Making Its Own Whiskey For the Perfect Shot & Beer Combo

PBR is Making Its Own Whiskey For the Perfect Shot & Beer Combo

Pabst Blue Ribbon has filed documents to create its very own whiskey, making for the perfect shot & beer combo....read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 18, 2019
Behind the Bar: Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard

Behind the Bar: Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard

In this edition of Behind the Bar, we chatted with Tory Pratt, the founder of Pratt Standard....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 7, 2019
Acclaimed Director Ridley Scott Has Made Seven Short Films for Hennessy X.O.

Acclaimed Director Ridley Scott Has Made Seven Short Films for Hennessy X.O.

Ridley Scott has directed a four-minute short film for Hennessy X.O. visualizing the seven flavors of the high...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 4, 2019
Behind the Bar: Chris Morris, Master Distiller of Woodford Reserve

Behind the Bar: Chris Morris, Master Distiller of Woodford Reserve

On this edition of Behind the Bar, we had the honor to sit down with Chris Morris, the master distiller at Woo...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Feb 28, 2019
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close