After creating so many sangria recipes for our wedding, I didn’t know if I’d want to think about sangria ever again or if you would want to see anymore recipes. As it turns out, I’m not sick of sangria at all and I hope you aren’t either. This one is a bit different because it’s a brunch cocktail – less of an afternoon or evening cocktail, more of a morning libation.
I’m not a huge champagne fan as it’s just so sweet and I don’t love the bubbles funny enough (I’m sure some of you are dying with that statement!), so the chardonnay in this sangria is much more up my alley than the typical mimosa. I always love fresh fruit in my sangrias, so obviously I had to add some here. The sliced anjou pear and halved grapes give me that fall feel without the typical fall spices. And the skin of the anjous looks stunning mixed in with the orange drink. Of course any pear would do – heck you could even do apple slices, but if you want to go all out with the color contrast, find an anjou!
This brunch sangria is a great drink to whip up on any holiday morning or weekend get-together! I recently took it to a food blogger get together and it was a huge hit. I’m always nervous to cook for other foodies. I figure they all judge food as much as I do but maybe their palettes are more refined than mine. Or some such thinking. Anyway, as luck or tastiness would have it, this breakfast libation was an (easy) success and had everyone asking for the recipe, which must have been a good sign.
I used Chardonnay in this sangria, but I think you could easily use any white wine. I’m not usually a big Chardonnay fan, but the dryness paired with the sweetness of the orange juice was wonderful for my tastes. I bet a sauvignon blanc would be good OR if you really want some bubbles in your brunch cocktail, a moscato or your favorite white sparkling wine would be perfect!
CHARDONNAY BRUNCH SANGRIA
I'm not usually a big champagne person (don't tell anyone). Because of this, mimosas also aren't really my thing. With the idea of mimosas in mind, however, I make a brunch sangria with chardonnay, orange juice, and some chopped fruit. Now everyone is a happy camper around our breakfast table!
- 750 mL Chardonnay wine
- 2 cups orange juice
- 3/4 cup halved grapes
- 1 small pear or apple thinly sliced (anjou pear used here)
- Combine wine, orange juice, grapes, and pear slices in large pitcher. Stir gently.
- Chill at least two hours.
- Stir again before serving.
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