Fruity sangria meets orange juice in this twist on a tequila sunrise.
While Marye is away the mice will play! I'm Jennifer and I blog over at "Take Two Tapas" where I share appetizers and party food as well as tapas-portioned dishes. Marye has graciously allowed me to share a recipe with you today!
I'm a wine drinker. Let me clarify that. I am a wine guzzler...
I started out my drinking journey with the typical college cocktails of amaretto sours and wine coolers. You know, classy stuff. I quickly evolved into the sweet white wines like Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Good, but oh so sweet. That didn't last long as I wanted something with a more fruity flavor. Pinot Noir was the next logical step. I have found a few that I really like and they are now my go-to bottles. Ropiteau is my favorite and is relatively inexpensive.
When I want to go extra fruity I turn it into sangria. I love the addition of other fruits to the wine because it accentuates the flavors of original wine and makes them more pronounced. I think it also allows you to pair the drink with other dishes that you wouldn't normally drink with red wine.
A stop over to one of my favorite taco joints brought me face to face with a twist on sangria that got me thinking. It was a delicious combination of a margarita and sangria called the "sangriarita." Delicious does not even being to describe it. Cool, refreshing, slightly frozen and brimming with wine AND tequila.
What other drink can I transform with sangria? Looking around at their abundant tequila collection, my mind started running through all the tequila cocktails I know. It didn't take long because I only knew margarita, tequila sunrise (because it has tequila in the name), and tequila shots.
Tequila sunrise it is. If you are not familiar with a tequila sunrise, it is a combination of tequila, orange juice, and Grenadine syrup. Throw a cherry on top too! My sangria already has oranges in it so the addition of orange juice seemed the next logical step.
It started out being a little too orangey and sweet so I wanted to tart it up a bit. Some grapefruit juice did just the trick! I hope you enjoy this new twist to a classic. It is perfect for the Spring and Summer party season.
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- 1 bottle of red wine, 750 ml or 3 cups
- 2 cups Sprite or lemon-lime soda
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups grapefruit juice
- 1 grapefruit, sliced thin
- 1 orange, sliced thin
- 1 lime, sliced thin
- Mix your grapefruit and orange juices together.
- Mix your wine and soda together in a separate jar and add your fruit, saving a few slices for your garnish.
- To assemble the Sangria Sunrise, pour 1/3 cup of the juice mixture in the bottom of your glass.
- Add a few ice cubes.
- Slowly pour 2/3 cup of your wine and soda mixture over the top. I like to drizzle mine down the side of the glass to keep the layers.
- You can mix it all up if you like!
- Garnish with a slice of fruit and enjoy.
- You can also just mix all the ingredients together and keep in a large pitcher with some sliced fruit on the side.
- Any way you drink it is fine by me:)