Blood Orange, Gin & Aperol Sangria
Light, Citrusy and Summer-Ready
Sangria is a fun cocktail to kick off the summer season. This citrus-intense white sangria is perfect for an early summer barbecue or a picnic on the beach.
Gin and Aperol - Surprisingly Great Sangria Ingredients
Sangria is basically a concoction that includes wine, a hard liquor, fruit, a sweetener and your imagination. Check out my post on How to Make Sangria for more ideas for making this summery cocktail. This sangria uses white wine, aperol and gin as the alcohols. The result is surprisingly refreshing. The Aperol colors the drink neon orange. I can only imagine what it would look like under a blacklight!
I combine some of my favorite citrus fruits in this cocktail: blood oranges, kumquats and limes.
I use Hendrick's gin for its mellow, cucumber and rose flavor profile and add slices of crispy cucumber to the sangria to echo that profile.
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Large Ice Cubes
Use oversized ice cubes to keep this drink cold without diluting it.
The Best Part
The best part of this cocktail is the leftover fruit when you drain your glass!
- 2 bottles of dry sauvignon blanc
- 1 cup gin (preferably Hendrick's)
- ½ cup Aperol liqueur
- ¾ cup superfine sugar (add half a cup and taste before adding all the sugar and adjust to taste)
- 2 blood oranges, thinly sliced
- 2 limes, thinly sliced
- 6 kumquats, thinly sliced
- ½ large english cucumber, thinly sliced
- Sparkling water
- Pour wine, gin and aperol into a large pitcher. Add superfine sugar and stir until diluted. Add oranges, cucumbers, kumquats and limes. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
- When ready to serve put a couple oversized ice cubes in a glass, fill glass with two thirds sangria and top with sparkling water.