This scintillatingly satisfying sangria cocktail recipe is so good that you will want to do a happy dance!
This scintillatingly satisfying sangria cocktail recipe is so darn delicious!!
Before this year, I was never a fan of sangria. That could be because of how many I had to make at the Mexican restaurant where I bartended, once upon a time. Margaritas were/are my thing but other people really liked sangria. A lot of people. In my opinion, too many people. So, as the bartender, I made more than my fair share of these drinks. And pretty much each time I made one, I thought to myself who, WHO would want wine and orange juice mixed together? And to make things worse, with an added splash of sweet and sour?
EGADS! Not me! No way!
Even after tasting the sangria way back then to see if it was as bad as it looked, it became very clear to me. Those sangria loving people were crazy! Crazy I tell you!
Fast forward a million years. (Exaggeration, but you knew that already, my smart readers!)
My sister would occasionally order sangria when we went out to dinner. She’d always offer me a sip but I’d just shake my head with a ‘yuck’ look on my face. Until one day when I thought, just taste the darn thing.
So, I did.
It wasn’t bad! Sangria has come a long way since my old bartending days.
Then, I went to a gathering (or three) at my sister’s house where she was serving sangria.
Okay, I’m liking it more and more! Until finally, I’m a sangria lover. Who’d a thunk it?
This recipe is different from my sister’s because I love making drink creations my own.
Another sangria recipe:
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How to make the sangria cocktail
In my sangria recipe, I use wine (naturally), Cointreau, apricot brandy, orange juice, club soda and some fruit.
I usually use oranges, but I like to vary the fruit and since it’s cherry season and they are my fave-rave fruit EVER, I nix the orange slices and go with the little red balls of deliciousness.
I deal with the fruit first because I need to muddle it all together. I pit the cherries, cut the lemon in quarters and do the same to the lime. Then, I get my trusty shaker and plop the fruit in the bottom, where I muddle it.
Look at all that juicy juice! Yum. I grab a little glass bowl and dump the contents into it.
Next up, I fill the shaker half way with ice. (I don’t wash the shaker out. I want to preserve the fruit flavor crystals.)
I measure out 4 ounces of wine. I love using the brand, 14 Hands, for my sangria because it is slightly sweet and super duper yummy.
I pour it into the shaker.
Next, I measure out 1 1/2 ounces of Apricot brandy.
Into the shaker it goes.
Gloop, gloop, gloop!
Time for the Cointreau. I measure out 3/4 ounce of the orange liqueur.
I pick the shot glass up and say, “Into the shaker you go, Cointreau!”
See, I’m a poet.
It’s orange juice time. I measure out 2 ounces.
It happily joins the other ingredients in the shaker. Or at least, I happily add the orange juice to the other ingredients so I can get to drinking this delish cocktail.
Now, it is time to cap the shaker and shake 10 times.
I grab my tulip shaped glass and pour the contents into it.
I open the club soda and pour some in, leaving a little room for the fruit.
Peek a boo. See the little piece of cherry peeking out at the front? That little rascal. Wait till I pop him into my mouth! ?
I carefully take one of the lime pieces out of the glass bowl and plop it in. I then take some cherries and place them carefully on top.
Look at that condensation peeps! And the glass got all frosty. Oh man, I can barely contain myself. I want that sangria in my belly NOW!
I keep the bowl of muddled fruit next to me so I can add more as I sip away.
Here’s the aerial view.
And the vertical view!
And just for fun, the behind-the-scenes scene photo!
Thank heavens I’m done. Now I can enjoy my cocktail without having to take any more photos.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.
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And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
- 1/2 lemon cut in half then muddled
- 1/2 lime cut in half then muddled
- 5 - 6 cherries pits removed and muddled
- 4 ounces red wine
- 1 1/2 ounces apricot brandy
- 3/4 ounce Cointreau
- 2 ounces orange juice
- Club soda
- Place the fruit in an empty shaker and muddle to release juices, remove to a glass bowl and set aside
- Fill shaker 1/2 way with ice
- Add wine, brandy, Cointreau and orange juice
- Cap shaker and shake 10 times
- Pour into tulip shaped glass or large wine glass
- Fill to almost to the top with club soda, leaving a little room for some of the fruit
- Gently place a lime and all the cherries into the sangria
- Lift the glass to your lips