Cranberry Orange Sangria
Have you ever bought a liquor (or wine or beer) you thought would be delicious and you just didn’t like it? That’s how I came up with this recipe. Using a bottle of flavored vodka purchased by one friend who found she didn’t like it. It was then brought to and left at another friend’s house but she didn’t want it either so…the vodka then found it’s way to my house…”give it to Mikey, he’ll eat anything” – style. I do like to make up new cocktails but this vodka was definitely not on my favorite list either. So it sat. For months. Until I was inspired and it turned into something really good. This Cranberry Orange Sangria is delicious and simple, despite it’s dubious featured ingredient: Deep Eddy’s Cranberry Vodka.
I have to admit, it is surprising to write that I don’t love the cranberry vodka because the Deep Eddy’s Pink Grapefruit Vodka is, in my opinion, amazing. We’ve had it several times in several different cocktails and they’ve all been good. It stood to reason we would all love the cranberry flavor, too, but it was too heavy. I was, however, in possession of almost a 750ml bottle of it and I knew I’d need to figure out a way to use it.
I created this sangria for a birthday party in February. I still had fresh cranberries at the time. If you don’t have access to fresh cranberries feel free to substitute raspberries, blackberries, pomegranate seeds, even strawberries or blueberries would work well. Cranberry Orange Sangria gets it’s cranberry flavor from the vodka, not the fruit, so feel free to substitute as necessary.
My basic sangria recipe is one bottle of wine to one cup of liquor. Because this vodka was heavily flavored I decided to use chardonnay. Chardonnay is heavier than a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc and can easily balance a strongly flavored vodka.
- 1 bottle of your favorite chardonnay
- 1c cranberry vodka (I used Deep Eddy's, you can use any cranberry vodka)
- 1c orange juice
- 1c lemonade
- 1 orange thinly sliced
- 1 lemon thinly sliced
- 1/4 c fresh cranberries sliced in half
- in spring add strawberries, plums, pears
- in summer add blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, cherries
- in fall add peaches, pomegranates, nectarines, grapes, cherries
- in winter add pomegranates, cranberries, pears, asian pears
- In a large pitcher mix wine, vodka and juices
- Stir to blend well
- Chill at least 2 hours for flavors to blend
- Add fruit about an hour before serving
- Serve over ice in your favorite glass and garnish with fruit
- You can top each individual serving with seltzer if you'd like the drink to be lighter, do not add seltzer to the pitcher (it will just go flat)
Looking for another sangria? Check out this Simple Summer Sangria withÂ riesling.
As always, these recipes are intended for those 21 and older. Please drink responsibly.
If you have a favorite sangria recipe I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!
You constantly amaze me with your drinks. Its awesome that you can take a bottle of something no one wants and turn it out a fabulous cocktail (and pretty too!).
This Cranberry Orange Sangria looks great. I’m going to save this for my next party. Thanks!
Looks so good! Have to put together a party so that I can make this…