Romantic Sparkling Rose Sangria
Sparkling rose sangria is made from rose still and sparkling wines, fortified with brandy and orange liqueur, then mixed with raspberries and winter citrus, like blood oranges and pink grapefruit. Great for romantic dinners, winter and spring parties, and valentine's day!
Prep Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours
Servings 8 drinks
- 1 cara cara orange, or navel orange
- 1 blood orange
- 1 pink grapefruit
- 1 bottle dry rose wine
- 3 oz brandy
- 1 oz orange liqueur, such as triple sec or grand marnier
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 bottle dry sparkling rose wine, well chilled
Take your cara cara (or navel) orange and your blood orange and slice off the ends of each. Place them on their ends and slice down along the peel until you have removed all the peel and pith from each orange. Slice each into wagon wheel circles.
Cut the grapefruit in half and then the halves into quarters. Cut thick (1/2 inch) slices of grapefruit.
In a large pitcher, combine the rose wine, brandy, and orange liqueur. Add the raspberries, cara cara orange, blood orange, and half of the grapefruit. Stir to mix everything together. Then cover the top of the pitcher and put it in the refrigerator overnight.
To make a large pitcher of sangria for a crowd, you can add all the sparkling wine right to the pitcher and give it a stir. Or pour some of the sangria base into individual glasses and top with the sparkling wine. Use the remaining grapefruit slices as garnish.
- Note that this recipe requires steeping time. You should preferably make the sangria base the day before you are going to drink it. At the very least, make it in the morning 8 hours before you want it.
- The grapefruit flavor will get stronger as the sangria steeps. I find it to be just right at about 24-48 hours and a bit strong after 72 hours.
- Depending on the rose and sparkling wine you choose, you may need to add a little sweetener. I use a tablespoon or two of agave syrup as needed. If you don't have agave, you can make a simple syrup by boiling together equal amounts of water and granulated sugar until the sugar dissolves.