Last Updated on August 8, 2022 by The Noms
This Blood Orange Sangria is full of flavor from fresh blood orange juice and wine. Citrus slices add the extra tang and color in this refreshing sipper!
Big batch cocktails, like our Thanksgiving Punch, Sangria Blanca and Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine make for easy entertaining. Sangrias are no exception, and are actually big batch cocktails! Sangria is an easy cocktail to put together, can be made ahead of time, and easily customizable for every season!
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You may think sangria is only for summer, but that is totally not true! This Blood Orange Sangria recipe is made with winter citrus, dry white wine and brandy, and is a great winter alternative for summer sangria versions.
Grab a large pitcher and let’s make this fabulous and easy sangria recipe for a crowd! Other crowd favorites around here in the winter are warm like our Flaming Mulled Wine!
What is Sangria?
Sangria is a popular cocktail that originated from Portugal and Spain. The recipe is simple, all you have to do is combine fruits with wine, juice, and brandy (or cognac) before letting the batch infuse in the fridge for a few hours.
At the end of the infusion, you have a delicious fruit infused wine cocktail that can be enjoyed all year long. Sangria is great with fish or seafood, spicy dishes and charcuterie. It can be made with a lot of wines including red, white and rosè. It can even be made Non-Alcoholic.
Best Wine for this Blood Orange Sangria?
The best wine choice for this winter sangria recipe is a dry white. We used a Sauvignon Blanc, but a Pinot Grigio would work well, too. You could possibly use a red wine in this recipe, too, but it would have to be a lighter red wine like a tempranillo. You will also lose the color from the blood orange juice.
As we have talked in previous blood orange cocktail posts, blood oranges are usually only in season December to April. We are usually even more limited in our citrus season here in Nebraska. Blood oranges aren’t as sweet as other oranges, but the color and flavor work great in cocktails.
Other Sangria Ingredients
Brandy is often added to sangria for added flavor and aromatics. Cognac can also be used, if you want a little darker flavor. You can leave the added alcohol out, but we suggest keeping it in your recipe. It’s just a 1/2 cup to add flavor and depth to the sangria.
If you don’t have brandy or cognac, you can feel free to swap it out for orange liqueur.
Sangria is versatile and customizable, which makes it easy to make and make it your own. Feel free to play around with different fruits, wines and add ins. We used blood orange slices, raspberries and pears for this simple sangria.
If you want a sweeter sangria because of dry wines or sour fruits, feel free to add more than this recipe calls for. Also feel free to use a flavored simple syrup: mint, rosemary and sage can add a lot of flavor.
Make Ahead Cocktail
This blood orange sangria needs at least 2 hours to infuse in the fridge before serving. This gives a chance for all the flavors time to blend together. You can save time for your party by making this sangria the morning of your event and serve that night. It’s a great large batch cocktail!
Sangria can last in the fridge for several days, but the fruit may break down. It won’t affect the cocktail, though!
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Other Sangria Recipes
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- Summer Sangria – What the Fork
This beautiful Blood Orange Sangria is a beautiful color and filled with citrus and pear brandy!
- 1/2 cup pear brandy
- 1/2 cup blood orange juice
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 1 1/2 bottles Sauvignon Blanc,
- slices of 1 blood orange
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup pears, cubed
- Combine pear brandy, orange juice and simple in the bottom of a pitcher.
- Stir to combine.
- Top with berries and citrus slices, layering if you would like.
- Pour bottle of wine over everything.
- Let infuse in the fridge for at least 2 hours, and up to overnight.
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Serving Size:8 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Sodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 29.6gSugar: 3.1gProtein: .1g
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