Citrus Sparkling CocktailMarch 09, 2016
Wanna know a secret?
I need a little break from wine.
Especially red wine.
No one panic, I think I'll make a full recovery, but while we were in Napa, we drank so many heavenly bottles of red that I just need a teensy break from the hard stuff. My love for the vino is still strong but I think it's time for something a little lighter in my life.
I hit Trader Joe's today and their fruit section was bursting with blood oranges, Meyer lemons, limes and clementines. Fresh, bright, colorful and perfect for warm weather.
Knowing that 5 o'clock was rolling my way and I would most likely be reaching for a wine glass, I decided to whip up the easiest ever sparkling wine cocktail.
Here's what you'll need for a big batch:
one bottle of (inexpensive) sparkling white wine - no need to waste your cash on this one, just grab a bottle that has a pretty label and a low price point.
(champagne would work, too!)
two cans of San Pelligrino Blood Orange
two blood oranges
one navel orange
one Meyer lemon (they are sweeter than regular lemons)
hint: if you need the batch to go a long way, add a can of Sprite
Combine all ingredients into a big pitcher, give a good stir and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
For an individual serving, poor a glass of sparkling wine, a splash of blood orange and slices of each fruit, stick a straw in it and call it a Fiesta!
Pro tip, save the slices that don't fit into the pitcher, pop them into a Ziploc and toss into the freezer. Pull them out the next time you have a bottle of white that isn't chilled and use them as ice cubes!