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Orange Sangria

Orange Sangria

Light and crisp with a wonderful flavor of orange citrus bouncing through your glass, playing quite nicely with a beautiful chardonnay! Though the calendar says it’s not officially summer, this vibrant sangria says otherwise!

Sangria comes in all forms and flavors. This started off as normal, classic white sangria until I pulled out the Cointreau and the Aperol – two delightful liqueurs that showcase orange in distinctly different but amazing ways. Then orange sangria seemed to be more fun!

All sangrias share some common ingredients – fruit and wine. And as with any recipe using wine, don’t use something you wouldn’t drink on its own. A Chardonnay works perfectly for a lighter sangria, with its fruity flavor nestled among the subtle notes of oak. The fresh citrus in this drink is highlighted with those two fabulous orange scented liqueurs followed by a splash of Plymouth – one of my favorite gins along with some softening of the edges using simple syrup.

Toss in fresh orange and lime juice along with slices of orange, lime and peaches.

Give it a little time to chill and let those flavors join forces. Then you’re ready to relax and refresh in a delicious way!

Cheers to the warm weather!

Orange Sangria

1 bottle good Chardonnay, such as La Crema Sonoma Coast

¼ cup Cointreau or Cointreau Noir

¼ cup Aperol

2 tablespoons good gin, such as Plymouth

4 tablespoons simple syrup

Juice of 1 lime, about ¼ cup

Juice of 1 large orange, about ¾ cup

1 lime sliced

1 orange sliced, plus extra for serving

2 peaches or nectarines, sliced (If you can’t find fresh you can use frozen.)

Ice for serving

Pour the Chardonnay into a large pitcher. Add the Cointreau and the Aperol.

Stir in the gin and the simple syrup followed by the lime and orange juice.

Toss in the sliced lime, orange and peaches.

Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or until well chilled. To serve, place a slice of orange in the bottom of a glass and fill with it with ice .

Give the sangria a stir then pour it over the ice. Ladling the sangria into the glass is easier if you want to leave the fruit in the pitcher.

Makes about 6 servings.

To make Simple Syrup:

2 cups water

3 cups sugar

Pour the water into a small saucepan, stir in the sugar. Warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved. Keep refrigerated.

Orange Sangria, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

May 27, 2019
: Makes about 6 servings.

Light and crisp with a wonderful flavor of orange citrus bouncing through your glass, playing quite nicely with a beautiful chardonnay!

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Ingredients
  • For the sangria:
  • 1 bottle good Chardonnay, such as La Crema Sonoma Coast
  • ¼ cup Cointreau or Cointreau Noir
  • ¼ cup Aperol
  • 2 tablespoons good gin, such as Plymouth
  • 4 tablespoons simple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lime, about ¼ cup
  • Juice of 1 large orange, about ¾ cup
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 1 orange sliced, plus extra for serving
  • 2 peaches or nectarines, sliced (If you can’t find fresh you can use frozen.)
  • Ice for serving
  • For the simple syrup:
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar
Directions
  • Step 1 To make the sangria:
  • Step 2 Pour the Chardonnay into a large pitcher. Add the Cointreau and the Aperol.
  • Step 3 Stir in the gin and the simple syrup followed by the lime and orange juice.
  • Step 4 Toss in the sliced lime, orange and peaches.
  • Step 5 Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or until well chilled.
  • Step 6 To serve, place a slice of orange in the bottom of a glass then fill with it with ice. Give the sangria a stir then pour it over the ice. Ladling the sangria into the glass is easier if you want to leave the fruit in the pitcher.
  • Step 7 To make the simple syrup:
  • Step 8 Pour the water into a small saucepan, stir in the sugar. Warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved. Keep refrigerated.


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