Sangria is the perfect adult beverage for hanging out with friends around the grill. There are so many ways to make using white wine, rosé or blush wines, and the classic red wine sangria.
The sweetness of the sangria should come from the fruit itself. The idea of stirring additional sugar into wine is just asking for a sad tomorrow… just sayin’. The key to a successful sangria is to make it and let it rest in the refrigerator for a couple hours and better if overnight. The wine will open up and the fruit will have a chance to infuse itself.
This spin on the classic can be a little boozy – I had a great time testing it! 🙂 Feel free to substitute the sparkling wine with club soda or tonic water (sweeter).
Sparkling Citrus Sangria
1 bottle (750 ml) red wine – Merlot, Malbec, Syrah/Shiraz are all good choices
1/2 cup Cointreau (or triple sec)
Lime wheels for garnish
In a large pitcher, stir together the red wine, Cointreau, and brandy. Juice 1 of the oranges, strain and add. Slice the remaining orange, lemon and 2 limes and stir into the wine mixture. Cover and refrigerate for two hours, but better overnight.
Serve chilled (over ice dilutes the booziness) and top with sparkling wine. Garnish the glass with a lime wheel.
Cheers (and Happy Grilling)!