Spicy (and Non-Spicy) Champagne Sangria, photo by Fernanda AlvarezPhoto by Fernanda Alvarez

Spicy (and Non-Spicy) Champagne Sangria

Cuisine: Fusion
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Servings: 10 servings
The secret to this sangria tasting out of this world is to leave the fruits in the wine for a few hours before serving. I like to leave it soaking right in my glass pitcher, so my guests can appreciate not just the taste, but the bubbles and vibrant colors of the fruit.

This champagne sangria is just the upgrade you needed for your champis to celebrate the most romantic of holidays. It's a simple-yet-elegant recipe for two! Actually, it’s perfect for just about any occasion; trust me, you will NOT need an excuse to prepare this again!

The recipe is simple: wine, champagne and your favorite fruits. I like to make my sangria spicy with  a dash of hot sauce and very, very finely chopped jalapeños. It gives the drink a wonderful and subtle kick. If you're hesitant to add spice, you can skip the jalapeño and hot sauce altogether. Both versions are quite delicious, and if you want to try a third option, whip up this hot sangria too!

Ingredients

  • Sangria
  • 1 orange thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon thinly sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 10 large strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 750 ml bottle white wine I use Riesling
  • 1 750 ml bottle champagne
  • Spicy variation ingredients
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and diced very finely (really, no seeds!)
  • 1 jalapeño to garnish
  • 1 tsp hot sauce

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Directions

  1. Place all fruit, orange juice, and the optional ingredients (finely diced jalapeños and hot sauce) in a large pitcher or bowl. Add wine and allow to sit in the refrigerator for 3-24 hours. Right before serving, add champagne. Place all fruit, orange juice, and the optional ingredients (finely diced jalapeños and hot sauce) in a large pitcher or bowl. Add wine and allow to sit in the refrigerator for 3-24 hours. Right before serving, add champagne.
  2. Serve in large, glass pitcher so your guests can enjoy the beautiful colors of the fruit. Serve in large, glass pitcher so your guests can enjoy the beautiful colors of the fruit.
  3. If you wish, garnish with the extra jalapeño you reserved, thinly sliced so it maintains its round shape, and slice it halfway so it can sit on the glass's rim. If you wish, garnish with the extra jalapeño you reserved, thinly sliced so it maintains its round shape, and slice it halfway so it can sit on the glass's rim.

Chef Notes

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