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citrus sangria

Everyone always talks about going out for drinks on Thursday and Friday as the week is coming to an end.  But I say, what about drinks on Monday?

citrus sangria // edible perspective

It seems like the exact perfect day for a drink.

Something to look forward to at the start of the week.  Something with a little zing.  Something to get you through the last weeks of winter, or the start of winter if you live in Colorado. 

citrus sangria // edible perspective

This drink is light and refreshing with a definite burst of juicy citrus flavor.  Sure to brighten the Monday blues.

citrus sangria // edible perspective

And the best part?

Eating the fruit cocktail at the bottom of your glass.

citrus sangria // edible perspective

citrus sangria // edible perspective

citrus sangria // edible perspective

citrus sangria // edible perspective

Print this!

Citrus Sangria yields 2-4 servings

adapted from: Jessica’s Blood Orange Sangria

  • 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
  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].

notes/subs: 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.

Check Jessica’s recipe for a fun idea for rimming the glasses with sugar!

citrus sangria // edible perspective

Can’t transport a pitcher of sangria to a friend’s house?

No problem.  Make the sangria ahead of time and pour into 12oz jars with a lid for each guest!

citrus sangria // edible perspective

Hello, Monday.

You don’t look so bad after all.


Reader Comments (17)

I love the idea of having a drink on a Monday after work. It really is THE day that you need something to look forward too. This sangria sounds so refreshing and delicious!
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentera farmer in the dell
I'm up for Monday drinks! I'll take a pitcher of this sangria any day of the week.
The best part about this sangria is the idea of having it on a Monday -- a very good idea, indeed :)
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKiran @
Eating the boozy fruit at the bottom is always the best part :) This sounds so refreshing! Definitely something to brighten up any Monday.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
Oh I agree indeed, Monday always deserves drinks! I would like to sip this and imagine I am on a tropical vacation rather than actually bracing for a snowstorm tomorrow, oy vey!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ The Frosted Vegan
Drinks on a Monday, indeed. Especially when buried in that cold white stuff. Did you guys get a lot up there?
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I'm a very big fan of Monday drinks. Cheers!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
Oh wow, I just got done making these and enjoying them with my wife and I can honestly say they were delicious! I'm a complete bafoon too when it comes to making any drinks haha!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike
@a farmer in the dell - Exactly what I was thinking!

@Abby - This will definitely help deal with February snowstorms. :)

@Katie - Next time you come it looks like we need to have a sleepover. And yes, we finally got a decent dumping of snow. I'd say about 5-6 inches! Winter has finally arrived, haha.

@Mike - Wow! You're quick! So glad you're already enjoying them. :)
February 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I loved Jessica's Blood Orange Sangria post and I love your's as well. Can't go wrong with Sangria!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna {Herbivore Triathlete}
I haven't had a good glass of sangria in what feels like forever. This is making me nostalgic for summer!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
I could use a glass of Sangria right about now ;) I love the idea of using mason jars for this--it would be perfect for a summer picnic or outdoor concert (don't know if I've ever actually made a summer picnic, but it sounds like a good time! haha). Love the shot of the near-empty picture with the blurry glass!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Blogging Over Thyme)
I'm drinking IPA tonight, but man oh man does this look delicious.
It would have been lovely to have been able to sip on one of those in my comfy pjs next to the fire in my big cushy chair and then to read a book and fall asleep :-) All by 8PM!!!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa
Going to have to make this. Homemade sangria is one of my favorite drinks. :) love the colors on this one too.
February 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersonia the mexigarian
OUR FRIENDSHIP IS ON THE ROCKS! You didn't invite me over for this spectacular drink!
February 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelsey
Oh good Lord, this looks incredible!

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