February 19, 2015

Triple Citrus Sangria

Red wine and brandy combine with fresh lemon, lime, and orange to deliver up refreshing and delicious Triple Citrus Sangria.

Triple Citrus Sangria

I had a completely different post all planned for today.  But then ... I changed my mind.

Because I felt the need to think warm thoughts.  To dream about being on the beach with the hot sun streaming down on me.  To pretend ... if only for just a few minutes ... that summer's almost here.  And what better way to feed my delusion than with a bright and refreshing, ice-cold glass of a perfect-for-summer-sipping drink?

So ... because of my need to indulge in delusion on this amazingly bitter cold day, I'm sharing Triple Citrus Sangria.  And pretending I'm drinking a big ol' glass at the warm and sunny beach.

You see, ...
... just like the majority of the US at this moment, North Carolina is in the grip of a freezing cold Arctic blast.  Our low temperature today was 4 degrees.  Four  degrees.  With a forecast of dipping below zero during the night.  That  just doesn't happen here.

And man, let me tell you, we're not used to it.

Now having grown up in Vermont, I've seen more than my fair share of single-digit and below-zero temperatures.  But after being in the South for 20 years?  My body has definitely  forgotten how to deal with them.

So along with staying inside bundled up in fourteen layers of clothes and turning up the heat on my electric blanket ... I'm turning to delusional thinking to stay warm.

And my delusions include three kinds of citrus ...

Triple Citrus Sangria

... all sliced up and soaked in beautiful Triple Citrus Sangria.

Triple Citrus Sangria

The mixture of red wine, brandy, grenadine, and three kinds of citrus ... lemon, lime, and orange ... makes for one absolutely delicious and refreshing sangria.

So if you're like me and gripped in the sub-freezing temperatures of this Arctic blast, join me in dreaming of drinking a big glass of Triple Citrus Sangria on the warm, sunny beach.

It's a wonderful delusion.

Triple Citrus Sangria
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Triple Citrus Sangria
Source:  Adapted from Food.com

  • 3 c. dry red wine
  • 1 1/2 c. lemon-lime soda {such as 7-Up or Sprite}
  • 1 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 1 medium-sized orange, sliced
  • 1/2 c. brandy
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 T. orange liqueur {Grand Marnier or Triple Sec}
  • 2 T. grenadine
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  1. Combine sugar, brandy, and orange liqueur in a pitcher; stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Let stand for 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
  2. Serve in glasses filled with ice. Garnish with additional lemon and lime slices, if desired.
Note ~ If storing leftovers in the refrigerator, I recommend removing the citrus slices to a separate container as their flavors {especially the lemon} can become too strong in the sangria.  When serving, add citrus slices back to each glass.


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  1. This looks delicious- I am such a lover of Sangria, and usually prefer Sangria made with red wine (though I have tasted an amazing Sangria with champagne and peach nectar as well). Thanks for posting!

    I stopped over from Two Cups Tuesday.

  2. I love a good sangria! Pinning this recipe so I can make it this summer!

  3. Looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to Tips & Tricks - hope to see you again next week! :)

  4. Oh my!! This sangria recipe is perfect!! I'm pinning it for my summer festivities! Most sangria recipes use a ton of ingredients, and while this one uses enough it's all stuff I have in my pantry!! Can't wait to try it! If you're interested come link up with us today for our Thursty Thursday party!! hopelesslyeverafter.blogspot.com

  5. Yum! I was just thinking about sangria but never thought about making it outside of summertime......until now:)

  6. Oh the ingredients in that Sangria are perfect - delish! Thanks for sharing with us for The Sunday Brunch Magazine, So nice to see you, Bel & Eliza x


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