Happy first day of Spring!
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy a glass of wine but don’t want to spend much on it. I usually pick whichever one is around 7 bucks and has a pretty label. Anyone else out there have a similar strategy? It’s definitely possible to find great wine on the cheap, but sometimes a bargain buy can be a little less than stellar. Welllll turning your wine into sangria can transform even the cheapest bottle into something irresistible! And the steps are so easy that it’s hardly a recipe!
- 1 bottle white wine (I suggest sauvignon blanc but chardonnay or pinot grigio would work too)
- 1 fresh orange, thinly sliced
- 1 fresh white grapefruit, thinly sliced
- 1 fresh lemon, sliced
- ¼ c. sugar
- 8 oz. sparkling water
- Cut your slices of citrus into either halves or quarters (you can leave some whole for visual variety if you want) and place them into the bottom of a clear pitcher.
- Add the sugar and wine to the pitcher and stir for a couple minutes until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- When you're ready to serve, remove it from the refrigerator and stir it together to make sure the sugar is completely dissolved.
- In each glass, add a few cubes of ice, then an ounce or so of sparkling water, then the sangria. Enjoy the lusciousness!
I drank the sangria after letting it sit for a couple hours and it was PERFECT! Just the right amount of fruity flavor and sweetness. I tried it after chilling overnight too, and the flavors were overwhelming (I think because of the citrus rinds), so 1-4 hours seems like the sweet spot for this drink. The fruit inside looks so beautiful–this would be perfect for a party!
Make a pitcher! Celebrating spring can be our excuse (as if we need an excuse).