Cocktails and Confessions Episode 1: Rose Sangria (WATCH!)

rose-sangria-strawberries-peaches-basil-recipe I really like booze.

Those of you that know me personally or read this blog on the reg are already aware of this fun fact. First time here? Hot damn, you picked an epic day to visit. (Welcome!)

If you’re excited about the sexy sangria on your screen, that’s great. I am too. You know what’s even more exciting? I’m going to tell you a mildly embarrassing story, and then I’m going to show you how to make the recipe!

I know some of you are thinking, “Big fucking whoop, Serena, that is literally what you do in every single blog post.” Please take it down a notch (and stop killing my vibe). Today is different, friends! Today, you’re going to watch me do these things.

Yes, you read that correctly. You’re going to WATCH. I could not be more thrilled/terrified to announce the launch of Domesticate ME!’s very own YouTube series, Cocktails and Confessions, in which I make you fabulous cocktails while confessing cocktail sins of my past…

rose-sangria-recipe-video A little backstory: My very best partying was done between 2005 and 2009 (aka the kollege years), a time when I was still very much “learning my limits.” I won’t get into the details right now, but let’s just say that my love of cocktails landed me in some rather ridiculous situations, and people only recently stopped calling me “Selena.” (Selena was my famously tipsy alter ego—think Frank the Tank, but sluttier sassier.)

Anyhoo, every time I had a particularly “festive” experience in college, I would wake up and immediately send a mass email detailing the escapade to my entire extended friend group (like, 60+ people). The subject line of those emails was exclusively: THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING I HAVE EVER DONE.

While uncomfortable, writing those missives always made me feel better. 100% honesty is an excellent way to exorcise drunk demons, and I usually ended up giggling over a plate of tater tots my laptop instead of searching for a rock to curl up under and die. It also effectively stopped the rumor mill before it started. Gotta get out in front of things, you know?

Cocktails and Confessions was inspired by this cathartic exercise. I figured it was high time I came clean with all of you about my boozy misadventures, and I really think these videos are going to take our relationship to the next level. So, without further ado, I proudly present Episode 1: Sangria!

Disclaimer: If you do not like booze, are easily offended, or happen to be super judgy, this show is not for you.

(Yes, I’m aware that I’m pushing a summer recipe in the dead of winter and that there’s a weird echo in the background of this episode. It was filmed in July and we hadn’t figured out the microphone yet. Sorry.)

rose-sangria-peaches-strawberries-basil-champagne If you’re into the idea of Cocktails and Confessions, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more episodes! Thank you. I love you. I feel nervous.

Rose Sangria with Strawberries, Peaches and Basil

Yield: 1 pitcher (about 4-6 cocktails)


  • 1 pint strawberries, diced
  • 2 peaches, pitted and diced
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 bottle chilled rose wine
  • Chilled Champagne for serving


  1. Place the strawberries, peaches, basil and sugar in a large pitcher and stir to combine. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the fruit to release its juices.
  2. Stir in the bottle of chilled rose.
  3. Pour sangria into glasses, making sure to get some of the fruit in each glass, and top each cocktail with a healthy splash of champagne.

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  • Luke Wheeler

    Omg hysterical. You are adorable & I want that Sangria now!

    • Serena_Wolf

      Thank you, Luke!!

  • Diane Salter

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for some time now. I get a kick out of your open breezy style. (I am a practicing sarcastic myself!) Just watched the video and really truly laughed out loud! Well done! (I’m over 50, so there’s some demographic goodness for you!)

    • Serena_Wolf

      Diane, thank you! Thrilled to hear that there’s an over-50 demographic, and I’m very grateful for your support!

  • This reminds me of my summer college cocktail: twist of citrus vodka, pink lemonade + lime slices. So much sugar = ridiculous hangover! And my citrus vodka lemonade confession: Stumbling down the stairs in our house the morning after a party and demanding to know who finished off my bottle of vodka. Roommates deadpan and tell me I did. Ooops!

    Lauren Anne

    • Serena_Wolf

      You and I are clearly cut from a similar cloth, Lauren Anne. I used to drink something very similar to that pink lemonade cocktail too, and it usually had rather unfortunate consequences…

      • Lots of dance parties + ordering an obscene amount of late night fried food…

  • Christy

    This is awesome! Get it girl!!!

    • Serena_Wolf

      Thank youuu!

  • Phoebe Lapine

    I love these SOOO much! The show is bril. I too have once donned an accidental pair of assless chaps on the dancefloor. #college.

  • OhMyFrak! I cannot breathe! Laughing too hard! I kind of adore you. And obviously will try this sangria! (Not the hobo kind… xP)

    • Serena_Wolf

      HAHA thank you, Zarah! I wish you so much fancy sangria xo

  • Jennifer

    OK, if you ever move to Chitown girl, look me up. I want to party with you!

    • Serena_Wolf

      Hahah, done and done!

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