Grapefruit Sangria

6 Jan

It’s cold outside. I tend to say that a lot, but today’s high temperature is -12 F and with windchill, it feels like -35. That’s COLD, and inhumanely so. I’ve found that a great way to battle such awfulness is to simply trick the mind into thinking it’s warm and lovely outside. Drinks are a nice way to do this, and nothing says “warm summer evening” like a good homemade sangria. While we were out shopping, my boyfriend had the idea to whip up some of his own, and got the ingredients needed for a tart-but-sweet grapefruit sangria.

Grapefruit Sangria

The measurements on this can be altered, the ingredients can be switched up, and the sweetness level is easily adjusted to your tastes. He didn’t measure anything, but just threw all the parts into a large container, shook it up (with the cap tightly secured!) and poured us a pair of glasses.

One thing to note: the longer this sits in the fridge, the better it gets. We drank some immediately, but the next day it was even better! Sangria can sit in the fridge for a while, so don’t be put off by the large quantity of this recipe. Conversely, if this isn’t enough for the tropical mid-January party you want to host, simply double the recipe!

Grapefruit Sangria, by Chris Harris

Serves 15-20

  • 1.5 Liter bottle of White Zinfandel (the cheapest you can find)
  • 64 oz container of Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
  • 0.5 Liters of Triple Sec
  • 1 cup vodka (optional)
  • 2 large grapefruit, cut into wedges and de-seeded
  • 2-3 clementines, peeled and supremed (use any small citrus fruit you like or have around)

Combine all ingredients into a large container that can be sealed tight. Mix or shake well and refrigerate.

Serve immediately, or make ahead of time to let the flavors deepen. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Possible alterations: use white or red wine, try a different citrus such as orange or apple and use corresponding juice and fresh fruit, try a flavored vodka to compliment the tartness, and if you want a bit of bubbly action, serve with a splash of cold seltzer. Have fun with it!

Grapefruit Sangria


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