Champagne Sangria Recipe

This weekend we got a taste of the¬†fleeting summer¬†with clear, sunny skies and no need for a jacket. I was just getting used to the idea of sweaters and warm lattes, but was excited to have one more day to enjoy this summer drink. Champagne Sangria is a refreshing take on traditional sangria and not only is quick to make, but can easily house any number of fresh fruits and juices. I originally found a great recipe here, but found it too be too sweet after only a taste. I modified the recipe (as seen below) and now can safely say it is my favorite summer cocktail go to when a mimosa just won’t cut it.

Ingredients (champagne sangria)

  • 1 bottle of Champagne-I recommend Brut since all the other ingredients are so sweet
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of mint simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • a few pieces of fresh mint for each glass

Directions

  1. Make sure you have made your mint simple syrup ahead of time!
  2. Then, slice up your fruit selection (you can choose anything you like, but the lemon and lime are recommended for acidity to cut down on sweetness).
  3. In large pitcher, add ice, champagne, orange juice, and mint simple syrup.
  4. Add in your fruit, stir it up and enjoy!

Ingredients (mint simple syrup)

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh mint

Directions

  1. In medium sized saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil.
  2. Add in mint, reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain out mint leaves and transfer to airtight container (you won’t need all of it for this recipe).
  4. Remove from heat and let cool (you can also put in the freezer to speed up the cooling time if you are not making it ahead of time).


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