Mother's Day Sangria Bar

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My mom typically prefers understated celebrations, where she isn't the focus of the event. However, that's kind of hard to avoid with Mother's Day and while I won't be with her in person this year, I created a simple sangria bar in her honor, complete with nostalgic tags and some of her favorite liqueurs and fruit.

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Make the sangria a day ahead of time to allow the fruit to completely infuse with the wine. I like to have a full-bodied red and crisp white version, but rosé is also a great option.

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Little hang tags with photographs (just scan old pictures and adhere them to cardboard cut-outs) attached to mason jars not only helps people keep track of their glasses, but also adds a sentimental touch to the decor.

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Serve a tray of fruit skewers that can double as utensils for stirring the sangria. I kept with the "red" and "white" theme by making skewers of watermelon+raspberries (red) and charred pineapple+dried papaya (white).

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Replace regular ice cubes with frozen juice. This provides another level of flavor while keeping the drinks cool. 

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Drizzle your favorite liqueur over the garnishing fruits (I like Grand Marnier over blackberries and Yellow Chartreuse over the kiwi).

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Fresh mint and basil provide a beautiful garnish and aromatic pop.

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