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Rachel Ray's White Sangria Recipe with an Italian twist

Martha Stewart loves Pink Sangria too Late spring and early summer mean two things - white Sangria and picnics.

I love an old-fashioned picnic, spreading out a large tablecloth on the grass, opening the hamper and pulling out the goodies - cold roast chicken, a loaf of crusty bread, briny oil-cured olives, a nice pungent - yes, stinky - cheese, a layered salad full of crispy, crunchy veggies, the requisite deviled eggs, and, of course, an icy pitcher of white Sangria.

It's a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon, lounging on a blanket in a grassy meadow, grazing on tasty tidbits and sipping a little Sangria.  We like to make a day of it, bringing cards, board games as well as the wiffle ball and bat. 

It's the perfect playdate.  Eat a little, play a little and everyone's happy.

This Rachel Ray White Sangria recipe is a classic with an Italian twist, using Campari instead of Calvados, which gives the drink a lovely pink color.

Pink Sangria

adapted from a recipe by Rachel Ray

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 shots Campari
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 2 ripe peaches, cut into wedges
  • 1 bottle white Rioja Spanish wine or other dry white wine
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • Sparkling soda water, for topping off glasses of sangria at table


Combine sugar, Campari, lemon, orange and peaches in a large pitcher. Cover with 1 bottle of Rioja wine and chill sangria several hours. To serve, spoon fruits into glasses or goblets, adding a few fresh raspberries in each glass, pour wine over top of the fruit. Top glasses of sangria off with a splash of soda water and serve.

Make Olde Town Alexandria your base for DC exploration

Little George and the cherry tree If you're thinking of visiting Washington, DC, consider staying in nearby Old Towne Alexandria.  

Charming, quiet and architecturally interesting, the town is a rich source of Americana, but also bustles with boutique shopping, a lively arts scene, and dozens of restaurants (there's a burgeoning culinary community).  

With numerous options for accommodations and easy access to Ronald Reagan International Airport and the area Metro, make Alexandria an ideal base for exploring the region. We stayed at the Westin Alexandria (400 Courthouse Square ยท Alexandria, Virginia 22314-5700, 703.253.8600) and were not disappointed.

A free trolley runs from the King Street Metro Station to the historic waterfront and the Potomac Riverboat company operates a water taxi between Alexandria and the National Harbor (as well as Monuments, Mount Vernon, and Pirate cruises).

Old Town Alexandria was founded in 1749 - fifty years before Washington, DC - on land bought by Scotsman John Alexander for the princely sum of 6,000 pounds of tobacco and cask.

Although he lived in Mount Vernon, eight miles away, George Washington considered Alexandria his hometown, kept a second house in the town, sold produce in the town markets and socialized in the local inns and taverns. Gadsby's Tavern is much the same today as it was in the days when Washington and wife, Martha, made merry in the tavern.

There are loads of free activities and attractions to choose from in Olde Town Alexandria. Find information and discounts at the Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House (221 King Street, 703.746.3301)

 A 75-minute historic walking tour takes you on a time-traveling adventure, walking the streets as Washington and his fellow patriots did. Check out the Alexandria Archaeology Museum (105 N. Union Street) to explore the community's past and get a real feel for an archaeological find with the Museum's Discovery Kits.

Hungry for more? Try the DC Metro Food Tours (1.800.979.3370), a three-hour guided grazing tour of mini-meals from beloved local restaurants.