The Speckled Palate
January 29, 2016

Winter Sparkling Champagne Sangria

Winter sangria, chock full of orange and cranberry goodness, is combined with a favorite bottle of bubbly to create this cocktail. Spicy and not too sweet, Winter Sparkling Champagne Sangria is a perfect cold weather mixed drink!

Wine coolers and sangria weren’t my thing in high school or college.

As previously mentioned, I didn’t drink one sip of alcohol until I turned 21. Yes, I realize I was a strange bird. Yes, I’ve since fixed my ways. (Obviously.) And yes, I still turned out OK.

On that fateful birthday, my roommate and I drove to a drive-through daiquiri shop to order a drink in a hurricane… and I didn’t even get carded.

No joke.

I remember Erryca slamming her hand down on the wooden bar and demanding the bartender take a look at my ID, which he did. (Apparently, that was all that needed to be done to get his attention. Who knew?) Then he wished me a, “Happy Birthday,” poured our drinks, and that was it.

Unfortunately, I realized that day that daiquiris were not my thing… and I drank a little of this and a little of that for nearly six months before discovering my first beer love, Abita’s Purple Haze.

Winter sangria, chock full of orange and cranberry goodness, is combined with a favorite bottle of bubbly to create this cocktail. Spicy and not too sweet, Winter Sparkling Champagne Sangria is a perfect cold weather mixed drink!

The summer after my 21st birthday, I studied abroad in Italy and was introduced to really good wine, even though wine had never been my thing before.

And then sangria became tempting because wine and fruit combined together could NOT be bad!

Winter sangria, chock full of orange and cranberry goodness, is combined with a favorite bottle of bubbly to create this cocktail. Spicy and not too sweet, Winter Sparkling Champagne Sangria is a perfect cold weather mixed drink!

Sangria is a summertime favorite drink of mine… but it can just as easily be made in the wintertime. This sangria is mulled, and it has a lovely hint of spice to it. It’s also not cloyingly sweet, so if you’re looking for something super saccharine? Don’t try this recipe.

And then instead of just drinking the sangria, you top it with champagne.

Because why not?

Also, I realize that at first blush, the combination of sangria and champagne sounds dangerous or maybe even a little gross. I wasn’t sure how this would go over, either, but I gave it a go since I had the sangria already made and a bottle of champagne opened. (The champagne was opened for the first iteration of The Ginger Pomegranate Experiment, which was a maaaaaaajor fail.)

I’m glad I gave this combo a go because it is absolutely delightful as a cocktail. As an added bonus, it’s perfect for this time of year, too!

Here’s how I made the mulled sangria and cocktail:

Winter Sparkling Champagne Sangria
 
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Winter sangria, chock full of orange and cranberry goodness, is combined with a favorite bottle of bubbly to create this cocktail. Spicy and not too sweet, Winter Sparkling Champagne Sangria is a perfect cold weather mixed drink!
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Makes: 6 servings
Ingredients
Mulled Sangria
  • 750 ml. bottle cabernet sauvignon (or another dry red wine)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • ¾ cup white grape juice
  • ½ cup honey simple syrup
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 navel oranges, sliced
  • ¾ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • ½ cup pomegranate liquor
  • ¼ cup orange liquor
Winter Sparkling Champagne Sangria
  • 8 oz. Mulled Sangria
  • 4 oz. champagne
Instructions
Make the Mulled Sangria
  1. In a large saucepan, bring the wine to a simmer. Cook down until slightly thicker.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat, then add the cranberry juice, white grape juice, simple syrup and orange juice.
  3. Stir in the oranges, cranberries, cinnamon stick and cloves.
  4. Bring to room temperature.
  5. When the sangria has cooled completely, remove the cinnamon stick and cloves.
  6. Pour in the pomegranate liquor and orange liquor, and stir until combined.
  7. Transfer the sangria to a glass pitcher, and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
Make the Cocktail
  1. In a white wine glass or a champagne glass, pour in the sangria.
  2. Top the sangria with the champagne.
  3. Enjoy immediately.
Notes
Please note that the total time does not include the chill time.

Winter sangria, chock full of orange and cranberry goodness, is combined with a favorite bottle of bubbly to create this cocktail. Spicy and not too sweet, Winter Sparkling Champagne Sangria is a perfect cold weather mixed drink!What are your thoughts on sangria?

6 Comments

  1. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife

    OMG did we discuss that we both studied abroad in Italy already?? I feel like I never knew this!!!! Where and when were you there? I studied abroad in Rome and actually celebrated by 21st over there – wow was THAT uneventful lol.

    • Erin

      Umm, NO, we most definitely did NOT discuss that we both studied abroad in Italy! Holy cow, woman! I was there in the summer of 2006. I lived in a small Tuscan town named Cortona. (It’s where Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed and takes place. We saw Frances Mayes on the street quite often while there!) And that’s amazing that you celebrated your 21st in Rome! SO FUN!

  2. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Sangria is so much fun to make at home! I love your winter version. So yummy!

    • Erin

      Yes, it most definitely is! And it’s hard to beat sangria in my book! Enjoy!

  3. Leah Maroney

    OMG! This looks soooo good!! I love Abita Purple Haze too! Brings me back to my first New Orleans trip every time! What kind of pomegranate liquor do you use?

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