Sparkling Sangria is a refreshing drink, perfect for starting your New Year’s Eve celebrations with a group of friends. This bubbly fruity cocktail is made in a pitcher, created using one bottle of champagne or sparkling wine per batch.
It’s not suitable to make in advance as you don’t want it to lose the fizz, however, you can prepare much of it ahead of time, so that when guests arrive you only need to add the bubbles and the ice and you’re good to go.
A great cocktail for festive celebrations, but as Spanish sangria is usually familiar to people as a vacation tipple, this also makes it perfect for a gathering on a summer’s evening.
"Sparkling Sangria" Champagne Cocktail
- Ice cubes
- 40 Frozen cranberries
- 1 Medium orange or 2 Clementines
- ½ Lemon
- 1 bottle Sparkling wine or Champagne
- Put the cranberries in a medium sized bowl and cover with hot tap water to defrost them.
- Once defrosted, drain them and then chop them up.
- If any juice accumulates on the cutting board try to save it to add to the sangria.
- Similarly, roughly chop the orange and the lemon also saving up any of the juices that squirt out onto your cutting board.
- Fill a 1 and ½ liter (50 ounce) pitcher ⅓ full of ice.
- Add the cranberries, orange and lemon along with any of the accumulated juice.
- Pour in the bubbly.
- Store in the fridge for up to 30 minutes before serving.
- Serve in Champagne flutes or use regular wine glasses or a martini glass.