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Sangria 6 ways, because we can't get enough of this pitcher cocktail

Sangria is the ultimate make-ahead drink for any warm-weather night that calls for juicy, boozy refreshment. Just mix up a pitcher a day in advance, refrigerate it overnight, then add ice and seltzer when you're ready to serve it. But instead of sticking to the basic sangria — with its predictable oranges, apples and grapes — swap in these one of these fresh combinations of fruits, herbs and even vegetables to make a sensational drink you'll crave all spring and summer long. Here are six sangria recipes to try.

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Try this twist on sangria for a sweet pitcher drink that's perfect for sipping with friends.

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Combine mint, cucumber and white wine for this refreshing drink.

Tropical Sangria
Tropical sangria
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Pineapple and mango make this sangria tart, sweet and simply heavenly. Stick one of those tiny umbrellas in there and you're good to go!

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Herbs... berries... wine... it's the kind of threesome we can get down with. Try this delicious spin on sangria!

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Give your sangria a little twist with this delicious version. Try it was a dry rosé from Provence; and if you can't find Champagne grapes, just use whatever grape variety you can find.

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Imagine sitting on your porch on a sunny day drinking sangria. No matter where you are, this delicious version will take you there!

Note: Each of these sangrias serves 6. To make the simple syrup for these recipes, simmer together 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Let the syrup cool to room temperature before using.

This article was originally published on Apr. 29, 2016.

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