Summer Cocktail Series: Last Good Day of the Year Cranberry Sangria Spritzer with Figs


So, another summer has come to a close for us in the US. Well, summer doesn’t technically end until September 21, but the unofficial end of summer is Labor Day after all. It’s when we go back to school, the lifeguards go off duty and the nights start to turn a little cooler. Every Labor Day I simultaneously celebrate and mourn the summer. Typically there is sangria involved. This year, I made this recipe.

Cranberry Sangria Spritzer with Figs

1 Bottle of red wine. I used Cab Sav, Syrah, Carmenere blend bc that is what I had on hand.
1 cup of cranberry juice.  I used 100% cranberry juice. No sweetener and not a juice blend.
1 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup of Triple Sec (or Cointreau)
1/2 cup of Licor 43 (a vanilla Spanish liquor)
1 cup of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and figs, sliced
2 cups of  seltzer, mineral water or any carbonated water

  1. Add  the triple sec and licor 43 to the fruit. Soak overnight if possible.
  2. Pour the fruit and liquoirs into a pitcher.
  3. Add the wine, juices and carbonated water.
  4. Serve over ice and garnished with a fig slice.

Sit on the back porch sipping this while listening to Cousteau’s Last Good Day of the Year. It’s what I’m doing.