That’s the Spirit: 6 Spins on Summer Sangria

07/01/2014 at 06:00 AM ET
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SIP THESE SUMMER SANGRIAS

You likely have your go-to recipes for red wine sangria, white wine sangria and maybe even a rosé sangria — but what about the rest of your bar cart?

You can stir up different sangrias using just about any spirit you have around — gin, bourbon, vodka, tequila, beer and, yes, and even a delicious booze-free versions. They’re still light, refreshing and add the perfect punch to any summer gathering.

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CHAMPAGNE SANGRIA

Sparkling sangria takes your summer happy hour to a whole new level. This bubbly cocktail, originally from MyRecipes.com, gets its sunset hue from apricot nectar. Add a sprig of fresh mint before serving to get the full effect.

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TEQUILA SANGRIA

Margaritas are delicious, but tequila is a much more versatile spirit than we give it credit for. This refreshing sangria combines tequila, white wine, and a splash of Cointreau along with the requisite berries and citrus slices.

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VODKA SANGRIA

The key to making this tropical sangria is using coconut vodka. Combined with the pineapple juice, the coconut flavor will instantly make you feel like you’re on the beach. If you want to cut the calories, John Terzian, the owner of SHOREbar in Los Angeles, recommends using seltzer or sparkling water in place of the simple syrup.

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BEER SANGRIA

Choose your favorite summer ale (preferably one with hints of stone fruits) to mix up this beer-based sangria. The combination of a lighter beer with both peaches and peach nectar makes for a perfectly refreshing summer sipper. We can imagine enjoying this on the patio tonight. For an extra garnish, add a few basil leaves.

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GIN SANGRIA

Not only does this light sangria feature gin, it also calls for elderflower cordial for a refreshingly floral flavor. Make those apple slices a bit more potent by soaking them in the wine or elderflower cordial for about an hour before combining the rest of the ingredients.

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BOURBON SANGRIA

This combo of pomegranate juice, pineapple slices, and bourbon is delightfully out of the ordinary. Adding a splash of champagne lightens up the rich flavors and gives it a little sparkle. We’ll be mixing up a pitcher of this recipe, stat.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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