Red Tea Sangria + A “Cool” Giveaway!

by Kathy Strahs on August 31, 2010 · 42 comments

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“This is SO good! You can’t even taste the alcohol!”

You know you’re in trouble when you find yourself saying this…especially when the beverage is served by the pitcher! I do love to relax with an icy tumbler of sangria, it’s so fruity and refreshing. This Red Tea Sangria recipe from inside the Mighty Leaf Sangria Tea Collection box has wonderful herbal notes as well from – you guessed it – the addition of brewed red tea. This sangria tasted great with the Organic African Nectar tea but you could easily substitute other rooibos, hibiscus or tropical herbal teas. The box actually contains pouches of three different tea blends, each with corresponding sangria recipes. Brilliant, right?

Win Mighty Leaf teas and an iced tea pitcher! [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED] Read on for giveaway details and the Red Tea Sangria recipe.

Giveaway Details:

Mighty Leaf would love to send some cool relaxation to one lucky Cooking On the Side reader. Here’s what you can win ($57 value):

  • Sangria Tea Collection (including 15 whole-leaf tea pouches + sangria tea recipe book)
  • Mighty Leaf Iced Tea Tin
  • Glass Iced Tea Pitcher

To enter:

Leave a comment on this post telling us about your favorite relaxing beverage. One winner will be selected at random to receive the teas and pitcher. Contest ends Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 12 PM PDT; [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED] the winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. One entry per person, please. Contest is open to readers with U.S. or Canadian addresses only.

* The Mighty Leaf Tea Company sent me their tea to try and is providing the prizes for this giveaway.



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Carole August 31, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I’m currently sipping my favorite–iced Earl Grey tea. So that I don’t get too wired, I’ll have decaf Earl Grey in the evening. There is something about its robust taste and fragrant aroma that transports me. During the winter I switch to hot Earl Grey tea, sometimes with lemon.

Thanks for the fun giveaway.

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sara August 31, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Wow, that sangria looks soooo fantastic! Great giveaway – definitely a good way to cool off! My favorite refreshing drink is strawberry agua fresca. Mmmmmmmm… :)
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Mim August 31, 2010 at 8:28 PM

I love a hot cup of tea. I love a carmel bush tea.

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claireamberson August 31, 2010 at 8:43 PM

i just found your blog when I was searching for a lasagna recipe- I love it!

My most relaxing drink is a cold margarita on the beach!

Keeping my fingers crossed!

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ikkinlala August 31, 2010 at 10:50 PM

At this time of year, my favourite relaxing beverage is peach margarita – I like to take full advantage of peach season.

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Esi August 31, 2010 at 11:08 PM

My favorite relaxing beverage is usually red wine, but on a cold, rainy day, I love tea (although I have tea every morning too so not sure that counts) and in the summer, I love a good fruity cocktail!
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Melynda September 1, 2010 at 5:43 AM

That Sangria looks wonderful, but right now my favorite relaxing drink is a simple cold beer. However that could change!
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Cara September 1, 2010 at 6:57 AM

Great Recipe!!

My favorite relaxing beverage is half lemonade and half sweet tea from Chik Fil A– This always makes my day!

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Gillian September 1, 2010 at 7:54 AM

My favorite relaxing drink is a cup of Spicy Maya or Abuela Hot Chocolate … something about the spice with the warm hot chocolate just soothes all my cares away… ahhhhh.

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Pleshette September 1, 2010 at 11:27 AM

One of my favorite drinks is ginger ale with cranberry juice and sorbet. Yum.

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Melissa September 1, 2010 at 11:39 AM

For me, relaxation is a glass of wine. But, if it’s hot, I love a Mai-Tai!

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Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) September 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM

My favorite relaxing beverage is hot green tea. I have a cup nearly every evening to help me wind down. Even in our crazy hot Texas summers!
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Ericka H. September 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Oh man I love sangria. This one looks so different than anything I’ve ever had! I love to relax with a glass of wine. But in the winter I always have a cup of camomille tea before bed, I love it!

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Julie September 1, 2010 at 12:09 PM

My favorite “relaxing” beverage is a nice cold beer.

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Julie (Bananas for Bourbon) September 1, 2010 at 12:33 PM

So many beverages are relaxing, so that’s a tough one! But since I’m a self-admitted booze hound, I have to say a glass of red wine. All the day melts away with one glass. Though a mug of warm tea certainly has its own magic to it. :)

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Anu September 1, 2010 at 1:58 PM

one of my favorite relaxing beverages is strawberry lemonade. Thanks for having the giveaway!

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Susan September 1, 2010 at 2:09 PM

My favorite relaxing beverage is a fresh glass of suntea with a slice of lemon!

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Rae Benavage September 1, 2010 at 2:26 PM

There is nothing more relaxing than to come home after a long day teaching 7th graders, settling down in my favorite quiet spot, and sipping a special hot tea. There are several fruit melanges which are my favorite flavors.

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Erica Best September 1, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I love hot coco yummy

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Jen September 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM

I love me some Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea!

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delia September 1, 2010 at 3:05 PM

I’m satisfied just with a glass of ice cold water, but peach tea is delish too!

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Kim Yancey September 1, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Water is the first thing I grab when I get home, cold, icy and more refreshing than anything! An instant relaxer.

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Danielle September 1, 2010 at 6:12 PM

My favorite relaxing drink is a matcha tea latte. Mmmm. Bliss.
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Paige September 1, 2010 at 6:31 PM

My favorite relaxing beverage would have to be apple cider, hot or cold! There is just nothing that beats the delicious flavors of apple and the smell of cinnamon. It’s especially yummy when you add a bit of rum to it on extra cold nights! Enjoy!

I love this Red Tea Sangria Idea… I am totally making this for Labor day weekend! Thanks for sharing! Love your blog!

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Pam @ Cookingworld September 1, 2010 at 10:03 PM

I love this sangria, and I did not even know you can make it with tea! Great idea and picture looks yummy! ready to drink!

My favorite beverage to relax is starbuck’s chai tea! It is amazingly relaxing for me!
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JW September 1, 2010 at 10:22 PM

While hot weather is still around there is nothing like a cool margarita!

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Year on the Grill September 2, 2010 at 3:30 AM

Good luck to all. I never win these things, but I always increase the odds that someone else will!
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Karen September 2, 2010 at 6:53 AM

Mmmm, Sangria. Can’t wait until I can partake in the full version!

My favorite relaxing drink is probably Baileys and Cream (or milk or whatever), although a simple glass of wine goes a long way!
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Shawnee Farnsworth September 2, 2010 at 7:35 AM

I love tea – iced or hot. My favorite flavors are orange blossom, mint and earl gray.

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Whitney September 2, 2010 at 1:52 PM

I LOVE mighty tea – The tropical green tea is one of my favorites! Can’t wait to try the Sangria one – YUM! I’d have to say my most relaxing drink is a cold glass of pinot grigio…looking forward to getting off work to have one!

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Meaghan September 2, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Mmm, that looks great! I’ve got an upcoming shindig that I’m hosting, and I think this may be making an appearance!

My most relaxing beverage is a perfectly made cappuccino – hard to come by, but when you find a good one, it’s the best! I hope I win, the 7th is my birthday!

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Kathy September 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

The 7th is my birthday too – how cool! :-)

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Sarah S. September 2, 2010 at 6:21 PM

My favorite relaxing drink is definitely a root beer float. I love root beer by itself, but that scoop of ice cream just makes me wanna kick back!

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Shannon September 2, 2010 at 10:03 PM

i’ve never really been a fan of sangria, but one made with tea just might be worth a shot! my favorite relaxing drink has got to be horlicks. it’s a hot malt drink made with a powder that’s stirred into hot milk. i first tried it in south africa and fell in love. so comforting and unique tasting :)

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DickB September 4, 2010 at 11:06 AM

This looked very interesting and I was able to find the tea locally. I reduced the sugar to slightly more than 1/2 of what is called for, and used only one large apple. I can tell you it is magic. Probably the best sangria that I have tasted. The combination of fruit, tea, and juice combine perfectly.

To bad more of your comments are not from people who have actually tried the recipe.
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Erin September 4, 2010 at 7:27 PM

I’d have to say a hot chai tea….yummmmmy!!

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Simon Ignatowski September 5, 2010 at 1:58 PM

My favorite relaxing drink depends on the time of day. In the mornings I like a nice cup of oolong tea and in the evenings a glass of whole milk.

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Charlene September 6, 2010 at 12:56 AM

I love a great cup of coffee – it is my go to relaxation drink!
Have a great Labor Day!

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Shelley September 6, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I am a sucker for those frozen coffee drinks. Whenever I am having one of those long days I sure try and make it to my local coffee house for a naughty treat…decaf of course!

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Nate @ House of Annie September 6, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Hmm, my favorite relaxing beverage would be a nice rooibos tea.
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Kim September 7, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Giveaways are so fun! During the summer, nothing beats iced black tea with honey and fresh mint. In the winter, I love curling up with a mug of hot chocolate.

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