Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 08:06 pm
Toss aside the tequila and your champagne mimosas and bring your red wine to the table for my Sangria Sunrise!
I am a wine guzzler, I’m a wine guzzler, most days! Could you hear me singing those words? I am all about the red wine and not about the champagne in the morning when I want mimosas so I decided to make a cocktail that reminded me of a mimosa but with red wine. Get ready for my Sangria Sunrise!
My wine journey started with wine coolers and sticky sweet “girly” cocktails. From there I hit the super sweet white wines so I could feel more adult-like and not like a girl trying to complete a bar crawl on her 21st birthday. Once I started getting the sugar headaches from the white wine, I knew I had to change and fast. After discussing wines with a few bartenders, Pinot Noir was the next one to try. Cabernet and Merlot are still too strong for me so I stick with what I like. I am old enough now that I don’t need to “evolve” anymore and just enjoy what I am drinking at this moment.
One of my favorite taco joints in Jacksonville, FL makes a great margarita but my favorite one contains, can you guess it, Sangria! A delicious combination of margarita and sangria called the “sangria-rita.” A frozen concoction of tequila, triple sec, lime, sour mix, and Sangria. This got me looking for other options to combine Sangria with other cocktails.
In thinking of tequila cocktails, what else can I add Sangria to? Margaritas, Palomas (be on the lookout for this one), Tequila Sunrise? This seems like the next logical one as it has orange juice, tequila, and that characteristic red layer from the grenadine. I can replace the sugary grenadine with my fruity red wine and even leave out the tequila.
A mixture of orange juice and grapefruit juice helps to keep from a complete overload of orange flavor and cuts some of the sweetness. I even left out the tequila, I know that is a big shock to you guys, but I wanted this to be a lighter cocktail. If you are so inclined, feel free to add a cup of tequila to a full batch and enjoy just the same, but I feel the tequila takes a little away from the flavor of the wine.
How do you make a layered cocktail?
Now let’s talk about layered cocktails. As a person with a science background, I can tell you it’s all about the chemistry and liquid density but that is a pain in the ass to deal with. Grenadine naturally floats to the bottom because it is full of sugar and is heavier than the OJ. The red wine is not so lucky to be heavy and even with the added sugar from the lemon-lime soda it is not heavy enough to sink all the way to the bottom but it is light enough to float up to the top with a little mixing in the middle. The layered look is great in my Wimade Cocktail too!
I started out by slowly drizzling the wine down the side of the glass but I found an easier trick. This fruit slice!
While putting the photo shoot together, I already mixed the drinks and saw some mixing but my wine layer wasn’t as thick as I would like. I had already added my orange slice to the top of the Sangria Sunrise so I just poured it right onto the orange slice. It diffused the wine slowly and evenly enough to let it sit on top of the orange and grapefruit juice mixture. Thus creating a nice series of layers in the glass: Juice mix, wine + juice mix, then Sangria.
Isn’t it super pretty? Once mixed all together, it’s not half bad looking either!
Substitute your normal mimosa for my Sangria Sunrise at your next brunch and you will be the hero of the meal!
- 1 bottle Red Wine (750mL)
- 16 ounces Lemon-Lime Soda
- 12 ounces Orange Juice
- 12 ounces Grapefruit Juice
- fruit for garnish (Oranges, Grapefruits, Lemons, Limes sliced thin)
Make your Sangria Sunrise Components
Combine the grapefruit and orange juices together in a pitcher.
Combine the wine and lemon-lime soda together in a separate jar.
Add some of the fruit slices, saving a few slices for a garnish.
Assemble Your Sangria Sunrise
Pour 1/3 cup of the juice mixture in the bottom of a glass.
Add a few ice cubes if desired.
Add your fruit slices to the glass.
Slowly pour 2/3 cup of your wine and soda mixture onto the top of the slice letting it slowly trickle down into the glass.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0
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