ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- 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. Got a place we missed? Tell us about it on our Facebook page.
Casa del Sol, Nyack: Think of it as "summer in a glass." Casa del Sol offers a watermelon sangria ripe with fruit, along with the more traditional red and white varieties, the latter of which has hints of orange and cantaloupe. Cheers to Summer: 104 Main St., (845) 353-9846.
Maura's Kitchen, Nyack : Opt for the red or white sangria at this cozy eatery where you'll find a variety of daily specials ranging from stews and roast pork to various styles of rice and beans straight from Peruvian owner, Maura. Cheers to Summer : 248 Main St., (845) 535-3533.
O Lar, Piermont: Bring cash - and your appetite - for farm to table Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine and sangria loaded with fruit and cinnamon sticks. Cheers to Summer: 587 Piermont Ave., (845) 848-2207.
Sangrias, Congers: How can you not love the sangria at a place called Sangrias? Along with red and white, you'll find, peach and strawberry. Cheers to Summer: 45 Lake Rd E., (845) 589-0547.
Sazone Latin Fusion, New City: The traditional red and white sangrias are on the menu here but ask and you can add any flavor you want, think peach, mango or guava. Cheers to Summer: 191 S Main St, (845) 499-2660.
Union Restaurant, Haverstraw: It feels like you've stepped into a fiesta at Union where inventive New American dishes are served alongside creative cocktails and fruit-filled red and white sangria. Cheers to Summer: 24 New Main St., (845) 429-4354.
Zapata Mexican Restaurant, Palisades: Go for the blue... the blue sangria that is. Made with blue curacao, it makes for a great Instagram photo, as well as a fun conversation starter. Red and white, bursting with oranges and apples are also available. Cheers to Summer: 779 Rte. 340, Palisades; (845)359-8700.
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