Sparkling rosé sangria
- 3 medium to large blood oranges
- Arils (seeds) from 1 pomegranate
- ¼ cup club soda
- ¼ cup simple syrup (more or less to taste), see below
- 1 bottle dry sparkling rosé (or white sparkling wine like Prosecco or Cava)
Simple syrup (see step 1)
- 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar or sugar of choice
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- So here’s the deal: You may or may not want to add simple syrup. It will depend on the sweetness of your wine/fruit and your own preferences. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I still preferred my sangria with ¼ cup simple syrup to balance out the harshness of the soda. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sweetener and hot water. Whisk until the sweetener has mixed into the water.
- Juice two of the blood oranges with a citrus juicer (or just squeeze the blood orange halves to extract the juice). Slice the remaining blood orange into thin rounds, then slice them through the middle to create half moons.
- In a pitcher, combine the blood orange juice, blood orange slices, pomegranate arils and brandy. For best flavor, let the fruit marinate in this mixture for a few hours, covered and chilled in the refrigerator. (Don’t worry, it’ll be great right away if you need it now.)
- When you’re ready to serve, pour in the sparkling rosé. Taste and add simple syrup to taste. Use a ladle to divide the sangria and fruit into glasses.