blood orange sangria

This Blood Orange Sangria is light & refreshing with a definite burst of juicy citrus flavor. 

Ingredients:

1 bottle chardonnay
1/4 cup brandy
3 blood oranges
1 cara-cara orange, or other orange
1/2 ruby red grapefruit
1/2 lemon
1 small apple
1 small pear
sparkling water

Directions:

  1. Pour the wine and brandy in a large pitcher.
  2. Juice 2 blood oranges, 1/2 grapefruit, and 1/2 lemon. Juicing by hand works perfectly.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove pulp and seeds, then pour into the pitcher. Stir.
  4. Core and chop the apple and pear and place the pieces into the pitcher.
  5. Slice the remaining 2 oranges into halved segments and/or round slices and add to the pitcher.
  6. Stir and refrigerate until ready to serve. Best if chilled for 4 hours before serving to allow flavors to fully develop.
  7. Pour each glass, add some of the fruit, and a good splash of sparkling water [about 2-3 tablespoons per serving, for 4 servings].

*Tip* Recipe is easily doubled.  For a sweeter drink add 1/4 cup sparkling citrus juice in step 1, and reduce the splash of sparkling water by half.