There is something about fresh sangria that takes my mind straight to the beach. I can almost feel my toes in the sand and the hot sun warming my skin. My favorite thing about red wine sangria is that you can drink it all year round. It’s refreshing in the summer when the temperatures begin to rise, but the red wine also makes it comforting in the dead of winter. Plus, winter is blood orange season!
Blood oranges are a fun twist on classic sangria and add an entirely new flavor profile to this drink. Unlike traditional sangria, this recipe does not contain any added sugar. Now you can enjoy this cocktail completely guilt-free! Well, sort of 😉
This recipe is great for cocktail parties because it can be prepared the day before, makes 10+ servings, and can easily be doubled. You could even throw it all together in a large glass drink dispenser with a spigot to make serving a breeze!
To juice the citrus, I use a handheld citrus juicer, but any kind of juicer will work here. To get the most juice out of the fruit, roll it between the palm of your hand and the cutting board while applying pressure prior to cutting. This will help release more of the juices.
- 1½ L red wine
- ¾ cup brandy
- 12 blood oranges
- 4 lemons
- 4 limes
- 2 large red apples (I like to use Fuji or Gala)
- 1½ cup club soda
- 20 drops liquid stevia (optional)
- Pour wine and brandy into a large glass pitcher.
- Juice 10 blood oranges, 3 lemons, and 3 limes. Add the fruit juices to the pitcher.
- Slice the remaining 2 oranges, 1 lemon, and 1 lime. Add the fruit slices to the pitcher.
- Dice the apples and add to the pitcher.
- Cover the top of the pitcher with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. I like to let mine sit for around 10 hours or even overnight.
- When you're ready to serve, add in the club soda and stir to combine.
- Time for the taste test! Add the stevia drops if you want a little more sweetness.