Sparkling Wine Sangria…
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Hey y’all…we hope you’re doing well. We had a wonderful weekend and this week we’ve kicked it into high gear as the warmer weather is allowing us to do more projects. Jennifer and I fluffed our booth at Treasure Hunt on Saturday. I’m currently working on updating my upstairs landing and making over my master bedroom. You’ll see more of that in the next couple of weeks 🙂
Sunday was spent together for Easter. It was one of those serendipitous days – our weather was perfect, we sat outside on the deck catching up with each other reminiscing and laughing. It was just an easy, breezy day – I love when that happens. We are all so busy in our everyday lives it was joyous to have some downtime – even for just a day.
As the weather warms up we begin thinking of eating outdoors, entertaining friends and going to the lake. One of our go-to Special Bevs (cocktails) is Sparkling Wine Sangria. This sangria is refreshing, citrusy and not too sweet. You prepare it in a pitcher, which makes it very convenient for serving guests.
We enjoyed drinking sangria on Sunday and thought y’all would like the recipe too 🙂 Our recipe is a variation from one of our all-time favorite Spanish restaurants in Florida – Columbia Restaurant.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 375 ml bottle of any sparkling white wine - like Persecco or Cava
- 1/4 of an ounce of Spanish brandy
- 1/4 of orange liqueur - like Gran Torres or Grand Marnier
- Splash of lemon lime soda - I use Sprite
- 1 Orange
- 1 Lime
- Maraschino Cherries for garnish
- **Simple Syrup**
Cut orange and lime in half. In a large pitcher combine wine, brandy, liqueur, lemon lime soda, the juice of half of an orange and the juice of half of a lime. Stir well. Add simple syrup to obtain desired sweetness. (I only add very little) Slice remaining orange and lime into thin slices and add into pitcher with several cherries.
**To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water. I used 1/4 of a cup of each - you won't need that much) Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Chill before use.
Pour all of the liquid ingredients into a large pitcher…
We love fresh citrus and it is delicious in the sangria!
The cherries add great flavor and a pop of color 🙂
The most difficult part of this recipe is remembering to make the simple syrup ahead of time. You can buy simple syrup in the store but it is a bit expensive and so much easier and cheaper to make at home. Be sure to use sparingly to control the sweetness. We don’t like it very sweet so we only use about a tablespoonful for the entire pitcher.
This is so refreshing. Remember to sip slowly – even though this doesn’t taste very winey, it can pack a punch if you drink it too quickly 🙂
We hope you give this refreshing Special Bev – Sparkling Wine Sangria a try…you won’t be sorry.
What is your Spring/Summer cocktail of choice? We would love to hear 🙂 Cheers Y’all!
Yeah for the Columbia shout out! I heart that place for reals. Girls this looks SO good. I can’t believe ya’ll just come up with these tasty drinks. I’m pinning right now and I can’t wait to try this. Hugs, Coco
One of these days we will need to go together to Columbia! We love the atmosphere, the food and the company we are with! Lets make it happen 🙂
Glad you had a great weekend with loved ones. Those “easy, breezy” days are so sweet. The sangria recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it
Hey Angie – yes, these times are so precious! It really made me aware that I need to stop and smell the roses more often. You will love the sangria recipe too!
This looks delicious! Definitely going to try it! If only I had a REALLY large wineglass… You wouldn’t have seen any lately, would you?!
Liz – I DO happen to know where there is a large wine glass…please come to Atlanta to pick it up. We will fill it to the brim with this sangria!
Vicki and Jen, this Sangria looks delish! I love anything sparkly and anything orange so this is right up my alley. I had no idea how to make simple syrup either. Love it and can’t wait to make it. Here’s to many more easy breezy days. xo Lisa
Hi Lisa – You will really love this sangria. It is delicious and refreshing for this time of year! Let us know what you think!
This is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks amazing and I’d love to polish off a pitcher of it on your deck :).