I love seasonal eating, but I’m also into seasonal drinking! Besides learning more about sustainable alcohol brands, I’m also into using in season fruits (and veggies if you’re creative) in drinks to enjoy. This brunch sangria can be altered with fruit by season, but right now grapes, apples, and pears are the perfect addition!
Can I tell you a secret? I don’t like mimosas. It’s nothing against mimosas themselves. I’m just not a champagne person. If you add that fact to my not being a podcast listener, I’m pretty much disgracing my generation (whichever one it is).
You know what I do love though? Wine! So I took the idea of a brunch mimosa and swapped out bubbles for a chardonnay.
Chardonnay Brunch Sangria
This recipe for brunch sangria is really just wine and orange juice rather than champs (is that what the kids call it? 😉).
Since this felt like a sangria, I wanted to add fresh fruit. The sliced anjou pear and halved grapes give me that fall feel without the typical fall spices (found and lovely in my winter sangria). And, yes, to answer your question, I have sangria recipes for nearly every occasion!
Ok. but back to this one… I think 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!
And if you’re looking for more of a summer recipe, try fresh peach or apricot slices in this recipe!
Adult Sips at Brunch
This brunch sangria is a great drink to whip up on any holiday morning or weekend get-together!
It’s easily made ahead, serves a small group easily, and isn’t complicated or expensive.
Get ready for people to ogle and ask for the recipe, though. It’s always a hit!
What Wine to Use in Brunch Sangria?
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.
If you really want some bubbles at brunch, a moscato or your favorite white sparkling wine would be perfect!
And if you want a little (brunch) cocktail party chit chat, check out what I learned about more oaky and less oaky chardonnays on the best Napa Wine Tour!
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- 750 mL Chardonnay wine
- 2 cups orange juice
- ¾ 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.
For a non-alcoholic brunch drink, try these blood orange spritzers!