As I edited these sparkling, hot pink photos, I realized my “Super Bowl” cocktail looks more like a Valentine’s Day cocktail. The big game is tomorrow (find my Super Bowl recipes here) and we’re just around the corner from that horrid holiday, so let’s call it a two-for-one special!
My friends are probably tired of hearing me announce that “Champagne is the new beer,” every time I bring over a bottle for a game, but it’s true. You heard it here first. Sparkling sangria is a fun way to drink it.
I’ve been intimidated by sangria for far too long. It always seemed like some sort of magical potion that only a Spanish woman could properly mix up. Plus, my exhausting analytical side always wants to create the “perfect” recipe and there are so many variables when it comes to sangria.
The sweetness and type of fruit, the sweetness and type of wine… Fortunately, I’ve finally learned that sangria is a mix-and-match, do-no-wrong kind of drink, which is just as pitchers of cocktails should be.
This sangria is an unconventional spin on classic red sangria. It features a few of my favorite things: fresh blood oranges, pomegranate arils and the dry, sparkling rosé that my friend Colleen introduced me to last weekend.
Combined with some brandy, they make a stellar sangria. It tastes great right away, but for the most fruity flavor, allow a few hours for the fruit to marinate in the blood orange juice/brandy mixture. Wait to pour in the sparkling wine until you’re ready to serve so your bubbly is still bubbly.
Blood Orange and Pomegranate Sparkling Sangria
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 6 glasses sangria 1x
- Category: Cocktail
- Method: By hand
- Cuisine: Spanish
This sparkling rosé sangria recipe features blood oranges, pomegranates and a touch of brandy. It’s naturally sweetened and so delicious! Feel free to double or triple this recipe for a crowd. Just wait to pour in the rosé until you’re ready to drink.
Sparkling rosé sangria
- 3 medium to large blood oranges
- Arils (seeds) from 1 pomegranate
- ¼ cup brandy
- 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 sugar
- 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 the full amount of simple syrup to balance out the harshness of the brandy. 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. Add simple syrup to taste. Use a ladle to divide the sangria and fruit into glasses.
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Stunning photos! I’ve been buying so many blood oranges and just eating them, but wanting to put some to use in an actual recipe. This looks like just the thing.
Millie | Add A Little
Looks so wonderful and I love the colour!
I love this, Kate! The colors are gorgeous the flavors are perfect for brightening up winter. It’s so cold and dreary here this weekend, I’m buying the ingredients today to make for the Superbowl this weekend! Ali said you guys are leaving this weekend- safe travels and enjoy Austin!!
Hello from Austin, Kelley! Hope you had a great time watching the game and enjoyed the sangria!
jenna @ just j.faye
I am all about this “champagne is the new beer” thing! Also, this sangria looks phenomenal.
This drink looks fantastic and I love pomegranates and blood oranges. I will make it the next time I have guests.
Thank you for this recipe! This would be perfect for a dinner party.
Oh Kate this cocktail looks amazing! I really want to make this. The colours and the way you have photographed it, make it look so tempting.
No superbowl frenzy in the UK and I’m not a huge fan of the Clinton Cards Day that is Valentine’s Day, so I’ll just have this recipe as a much needed treat on these cold Winter nights we’re having.
Tessa | Natural Comfort Kitchen
If champagne is the new beer–thank goodness! I’ll gladly put forth the extra effort to mix this up over cracking a PBR.
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
I agree, this would be perfect for Valentine’s. The color is so striking!
Clever Girl Reviews
Where did she find that prosecco? I’m all for trying it alone and in this recipe!
I found it at Cosentino’s grocery store in Kansas City, not sure where else it’s available but I don’t think it should be too hard to find!
This sounds simple delicious, will have to make a non-alcohlic version to enjoy!
Looks like the perfect drink for girls night! Gorgeous!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Perfect for football watching AND valentine’s day! I just love this flavour!
Haha! Two-for-one special indeed. This would be fabulous for Valentine’s Day, yeah.
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
How fun! I had actually never purchased blood oranges before, but I got some last week! This se woudl be so perfect for a girls night!
I’m about to turn 21–I think I’ll try and make this!
I am SO onboard with “champagne as the new beer” – let’s spread the word. These are beautiful, Kate!
Made this last night for a Superbowl party. Everyone loved it! Thanks Kate.
Hooray! Thank you, Peggy!
You can come watch a game at our house any time !
It looks amazzzingggggg! So delicious! Need to try this recipe.
I’m aaaaaallll about drinking the sangria, but honestly rarely ever make it. Maybe once five years ago? Which is just silly! I want this by the pitcher.
You need more sangria in your life, Joanne! :D
This one is a winner! Who says only beautiful fruit appears in the warm months? Those blood oranges and pomegranates are a match made in heaven!
The colors look so refreshing! I absolutely love blood orange, and I think it is an excellent idea to mix it with pomegranate!
Sarah Grace Spann
Wowww, this looks amazing! Perfect for the holiday season, definitely pinning this and making it for my family :)
Well, in spite of yourself and your perfectionism, you have created the perfect sangria! We’re having a Super Bowl Ungame Party and we’ve inconveniently out of Blood Orange and Pomegranate Sparking Sangria. Back to the store!
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I made this sangria last night for a girls valentines BUNCO night and it was a huge hit!!! I doubled the recipe and served in a punch bowl. Finding pomegranate seeds was a little challenging- I don’t know why! Haha but I tracked some down eventually.
I made this today and it was so delicious! I found I didn’t need any simple syrup-using an sparkling rose and brandy (both from Trader Joe’s) made it just sweet enough. Thanks for the great recipe!
Perfect! The more natural the sweetness, the better.
It’s simply perfect! I have to stop from drinking too fast, that’s how good it is. Thank you very much for the recipe.
Making this for Thanksgiving. Do you also chill the rose/wine? Wondering if serving chilled or more room temp. Thanks!!!
Its a preference, but for this one it’s great chilled.