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
- Make sure you have made your mint simple syrup ahead of time!
- 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).
- In large pitcher, add ice, champagne, orange juice, and mint simple syrup.
- 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
- In medium sized saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil.
- Add in mint, reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain out mint leaves and transfer to airtight container (you won’t need all of it for this recipe).
- 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).