Let’s face it: when we are hosting, more often than not, the to-dos don’t typically stop until right before our guests arrive. I’ve had a great deal of experience in the hosting arena, and one tidbit of advice I often share is to do as much preparation in advance as humanly possible. This alleviates a great deal of stress and also creates a much more relaxed environment. The more we can get done ahead of time, the better off we’ll be.

The planning element applies to all aspects of the party, including the drinks. Sangria is a great party drink because it is typically made in large batches, can be made a whole day in advance and is also pretty darn delicious. Another added bonus for this sangria in particular is that it’s perfect for warm-weather entertaining, and with spring just around the corner, there couldn’t be a better time to put this recipe to practice. It features light and crisp white wine, along with tropical and refreshing flavors like mango and lime. Sweeten it up with a bit of cherry liqueur and I’d say we’ve got ourselves a show-stopping, stress free cocktail. Happy hosting.

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3 1/2 cups mango nectar
3 cups dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
1 cup white rum
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup Heering Cherry Liqueur
1/2 cup Maraschino cherries, with juice
2 ounces grenadine
Juice of a lime
3 limes, thinly sliced
Flesh of two mangos, diced

Add all of the ingredients to a large pitcher. Stir and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Pour over ice and enjoy.

Makes 14-16 Servings