July 15, 2013

Sunday Funday: Sangria and Shakshuka

Sunday Funday is huge in Charleston. I know a lot of people who prefer to stay in on a Saturday night and spend Sunday indulging and imbibing. I’m not necessarily a huge fan of Sunday Funday (I’m a failure of a day drinker), but I do love having brunch with friends. Jacqueline, one of my most brunch-loving friends, and I decided to spend Sunday afternoon catching up over food and drinks with our friend Katie.

Jacqueline picked out a dish for brunch and I suggested we make sangria using this infographic that helps you easily create your own recipe.

 Mango Berry Minted Sangria


  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 bottle of white wine
  • 1/2 cup rum (we used
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1-2 cups club soda
  • small handful of fresh mint
  • 1/2 – 1 can of lemon sparkling water
  1. Place fruit at the bottom of a large pitcher. Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed.
  2. Put sangria in the refrigerator for as long as you can stand it (even overnight!).
  3. Fill cocktail glasses with ice and add sangria. Garnish with fresh fruit and herbs, if desired.

mango berry mint sangria

Now the picture I took didn’t come out well, but the sangria itself was delicious. So Summery! None of us really like sweet drinks (other than champs!) so we didn’t add any sweetener to the mix. The fruit and juices were quite enough and we tried to keep it as low cal as possible.

For brunch, we cooked up a recipe for Shakshuka that Jacquie found. We watched the video for about 5 minutes, giggling over the chef’s sexy accent, and pretty much said, “Screw it, let’s do this our way.” And by that I mean, let’s just cut up a bunch of veggies and herbs, throw them in a pan to cook, and add some eggs later. Enjoying our mimosas and talking about girlie things was much more important than paying attention to a silly cooking video. 😉 We did follow the recipe to an extent, but cut it and half(ish) and added extra herbs for more flavor.


Aside from all the vegetable and herb chopping, it wasn’t difficult to make. Just really, really messy. All three of us, as well as Jacq’s husband, spilled something at one point. All of this was before the champs — we’re just a clumsy crew I suppose.

The weather was gorgeous outside (finally!) so we three girls spent the afternoon on the porch with P-nut, Jacqu’s precious little pup.
jack russell

Ahhh, how adorable is she?

Sunday Funday: are you a fan?

Favorite brunch dish? Sangria or mimosas?

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  • Ashley Hrovat

    Sangria + mimosas, obviously! That sangria recipe looks great- can’t wait to try!


  • Rosemary Donnelly

    I always throw a little Procecco or Cava in my Sangria, best of both worlds 🙂 As for brunch foods, I love Huevos Rancheros and pancakes.

  • Katie

    Fun! I am friends with Jacqueline! We went to school together! Small world.

  • “one of my most brunch-loving friends” This is one of my favorite descriptions of all time. Had so much fun at our 6 hour brunch 🙂

  • Amy

    That sounds like a wonderful day! I LOVE a good brunch too! Sunday Funday doesn’t really have the same possibilities with 3 kids….

    • hahah unlesssss you have a babysitter 😉

  • Liziheartvegetables

    We are on the same page with the sangria!! YUM 🙂

  • Ashley Morris

    I am very much a sangria girl. White wine all the way 🙂 I have never heard of shaksuka before but the dish sounds simple and delicious option for brunch!!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Adore sangria! I always ask my mom to make it, she makes such a great version.

  • Sunshine

    Love sangria!

  • Kristi

    I love Sunday Fundays. I sometimes work on Sunday’s so if I actually have a Sunday off you best believe I’m celebrating. Sangria is sounding so good for this heat.

  • itzyskitchen

    So fun- I adore brunch!!! That egg dish looks amazing

  • I love brunch on Sundays, I had some friends over this sunday, and initially planned on making several pancake variations, but laziness got the best of me so I made generic ones but put forth some different toppings! I think Australia needs to get onto the drinking during brunch bandwagon! Your sangria looks great!

  • Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

    I actually just tried sangria for the first time a few weeks ago (I know, I must have been living under a rock) and I loved it!

  • Rach

    Um, that pup is more than a little adorable! She is so precious!

  • Jamie Sefcik

    I’ve never heard of Shakshuka! It looks yummy!

  • I love getting chilaquiles at brunch! Basically….breakfast nachos.

  • Sophie @ life’s philosophie

    Love Shakshuka! I made it a few weeks ago. Delicious and so healthy!

  • Pamela

    Mmm Sangria is my favorite!! I’m saving this recipe!

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