What I love about sangria is that there are so many ways to make it. Red, white, or my new favorite… sparkling. This sparkling citrus sangria will change the way you spend your Sunday afternoons.
I've always leaned toward red sangria, being a regular red wine drinker. I am often of the Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir palette, only reaching for a glass of white (Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay) on an “I'm feeling lighter” day. Or a hot day, which there are plenty of in Grand Cayman. However, Seware is of a sweeter palette so I wanted to make something that would be a happy medium for us both.
I go through phases when I prefer a glass of champagne (I know, I just got done saying I am a regular red wine drinker – I guess I should just say that I am a wine drinker), so I thought a sparkling citrus sangria could make for a nice bubbly weekend drink.
The icing on this bad boy is the fact that the grapefruit juice is 100% fresh. You may remember that my Cool Gin and Cucumber Cocktail was made with fresh cucumber juice; well, that was so yummy that I had to add the same twist to this drink!
This recipe calls for 1 cup of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, which is somewhere between 2 and 3 whole grapefruits, depending on their size and how efficient your juicer is.
If you don't own a juicer, that's 100% OK. You can totally buy regular juice from your grocery store, but I would highly recommend getting fresh rather than something loaded up with preservatives.
You can be as frugal or as generous with the soaked fruits as you'd like. I did 1/2 of each citrus fruit and as you can see, topped the drinks off with raspberries and blueberries, because they're twice as tasty after having soaked in the sangria.
If you are looking for other refreshing drinks, try my Cool Gin and Cucumber Cocktail!
Sparkling Citrus Sangria
1/2 cup Brandy
1 cup fresh grapefruit juice (~2-3 grapefruits)
1 cup Sauvignon Blanc
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 orange, sliced
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/2 lime, sliced
1/2 grapefruit, sliced
1 bottle champagne
Fresh berries, optional
- Slice orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime into 1/4 inch slices and set aside.
- If making your own grapefruit juice, run 2-3 grapefruits through a home juicer until you reach 1 cup.
- Mix brandy, grapefruit juice, Sauvignon Blanc and sugar in a large pitcher. Add sliced fruits and optional berries and chill in refrigerator for about half hour.
- Top with full bottle of champagne just before serving.