This sweet, tart, spicy sangria was inspired by my local farmers market. We currently have an abundance of citrus available and I love things with a kick so this Jalapeño Blood Orange Sangria was a perfect fit.
Sangria is such an easy concoction to make. Take what wine you have on hand, add in your favorite fruit, let it sit for a while so the flavors can marry, top it with a little bubbly and you are in business! We typically drink red wine at the casa but there was an extra bottle of sweet white left over from the holidays.
Spring begs for citrus and it is abundant in Arizona. You just can’t beat the taste of fresh, local citrus fruit! This refreshing treat plays homage to our local produce plus it’s fun to spice things up a bit. I am obsessed with the slow burn that comes after you take a sip!
Simple syrups are an amazingly easy way to add different flavors to cocktails. Just add equal parts sugar and water to a saucepan and bring to a low boil until the sugar dissolves. You can then add in just about anything to infuse the syrup with flavor. Think rosemary, cinnamon stick, black peppercorns, peppers, citrus zest… the list goes on!
In this case I went for the hot stuff because I heart jalapeños. If you want to tone things down just remove the seeds before tossing your pepper into the pot. I had sparkling water on hand the afternoon we had this sangria but you could intensify the buzz by using sparkling wine or champagne instead.
What is your favorite sangria?
the new Mrs. B
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 2 jalapenos
- 5 blood oranges
- 4 Meyer lemons
- 2 grapefruits
- 1 bottle sweet white wine
- I bottle sparkling water
- Cut stem off 1 jalapeño and cut in half lengthwise. Add water, sugar and jalapeño to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and cool completely. Strain out jalapeño and any seeds.
- Juice 4 blood oranges, 3 lemons and both grapefruits, strain to remove any pulp. Slice remaining fruit into rounds.
- Add simple syrup, fruit juice, wine and sliced fruit to a large pitcher. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
- Add sparkling water right before serving; garnish glasses with fruit and jalapeño slices.