Friday, June 14, 2013

San Pellegrino Sparkling Sangria

Nothing says summer like a glass of good Sangria. I'm always on the hunt for new variations to try, and I came across this recipe about a month ago. It's actually from a great restaurant in Nashville, called Sambuca. They have amazing food, so if you're ever in the area you should definitely check them out!

I made a few slight changes to their recipe, but overall I really liked the original. Sangria is something that gets better the longer you let the fruit soak. So I recommend making it at least 8 hours before you plan to drink it.

For this recipe, you'll need 1 cup of chopped strawberries.

1/2 cup of blackberries & 1/2 of a granny smith apple (chopped)

1/2 of a large orange & 1 lime (sliced)

Add your fruit to a large pitcher.

Next, you'll need 3/4 cup brandy, 1/4 cup orange liqueur, 1/2 cup lemonade & 1 bottle of pinot noir. I used a few of these minis for the liqueur & brandy, because we don't drink either of those very often & I didn't want to pay for 2 large bottles.

Add your lemonade, brandy & orange liqueur to the pitcher.

Add in your bottle of pinot noir.

Use a large spoon to mix ingredients well.

Cover mixture & chill for 8 hours.

Before serving, add your favorite San Pellegrino flavor. I love their blood orange sparkling water! Usually I'll mix it in to each of the glasses unless I know we're going to go through the whole pitcher in one sitting. Otherwise the sparkling water will go flat before you drink it again. But if you are going to use the whole pitcher, then you can just mix in 1-2 cans before pouring.

San Pellegrino Sparkling Sangria
Yield: 6-8 servings
  • 1/2 granny smith apple, chopped
  • 1/2 large orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 3/4 cup brandy
  • 1 bottle pinot noir
  • 1-2 cans of your favorite San Pellegrino Sparkling Water

Add your fruit to a large pitcher. Mix in lemonade, orange liqueur, brandy & red wine. Cover & chill for 8 hours. Before serving, add the San Pellegrino to the pitcher or individual glasses. Unless you're going to use the whole pitcher in one sitting, don't add the sparkling water to the pitcher because it will probably go flat before you drink it again.

Adapted from Sambuca's Recipe featured in People Magazine


  1. Could you use Sprite instead of sparkling water?

    1. Yeah definitely. That's what I usually use in Sangria. I did like the Pellegrino better, but it's really good with sprite too.