Outdoor Pillows and Tasty Beverages Add to Relaxation, Enjoyment of Summer

Outdoor pillows are a key ingredient to your outdoor living space and making it an extension of your home. And no outdoor gathering is complete without friends, food and beverages. Homemade beverages, such as sangria, provide a delicious, personal touch that can make relaxing with friends even more fun and enjoyable.

Sangria is easy to make and perfect for relaxing after a busy day of yard work or basking in the sun. There are many variations of this tasty classic beverage, and it’s easy to personalize to make it your own. Keep in mind sangria takes a few hours to chill, so plan ahead! Based on a recipe for classic Spanish sangria, these basic ingredients and instructions can be adapted to meet your personal preference.

Add thin slices of a lemon, lime and orange to a large glass pitcher. You can also use apples, pears or any of your favorite fruits. Add a half-cup of white sugar and 1-1/2 cups of rum and refrigerate for two hours to allow time for the flavors to develop. Note: You can use 1-1/2 cups cranberry juice in place of rum for a non-alcoholic version. When ready to serve, crush the fruit at the bottom of the pitcher with a wooden spoon to release the flavors even more. Stir in one cup of orange juice and one cup dry red wine (or additional juice) and pour into individual glasses.

Now that you’ve made a fresh batch of sangria, it’s time to enjoy a glass or two in the beautiful summer weather and enjoy your outdoor retreat. Adding comfortable outdoor pillows is a great way to add comfort, and it will make relaxing and sipping sangria with friends that much better!

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