Summer Sangria with Orange Curacao

Summer SangriaI absolutely love a cold glass of sangria during the summer. Last year I posted a traditional Spanish sangria recipe and this time I wanted to change it up a bit. I used dark rum instead of white and added in some orange curacao giving it a bolder citrus flavor. Sangria is perfect to have at an al fresco dinner with friends. And remember when serving, make sure to put ice in your glasses first and not into your pitcher.

Use any kind of orange you like, but I prefer Valencia oranges since they’re extra sweet. Spanish Tempranillo like Rioja is perfect if you’re making sangria, but any medium-bodied wine should be fine. If you don’t have orange curacao, you can use orange liqueur. Have this sangria with a vibrant salad and some tartines.

Recipe Below…

Summer Sangria

  • 1 lemon, sliced in rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced in rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced in rounds
  • 3/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup orange curacao, or orange liqueur
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar, or to taste
  • 1 bottle dry red wine (a medium-bodied Spanish wine such as Tempranillo works great)
  • 1 cup (or more) freshly squeezed orange juice

    Place the citrus slices in a large glass pitcher. Pour in rum, orange curacao and agave nectar, mix well. Chill in fridge for about 2 hours or overnight to let the flavors soak in.

    When serving, lightly crush the fruit and stir in the wine and orange juice. Pour sangria in glasses on ice.

    Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (2 hours for chilling)
    Yield: 6-8 glasses
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    6 Responses to “Summer Sangria with Orange Curacao”

    1. Anna @ hiddenponies July 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

      This sounds so amazing, I love sangria. I’ve had blue curacao, but never orange – I’ll have to keep my eye out for it!

      • Barb July 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

        Thanks, Anna! Yes, look out for it. It’s great in sangria!

    2. Ann Mah July 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      This looks so refreshing — perfect for a hot summer afternoon. Thanks for the tip about the ice cubes!

      • Barb July 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

        Thank you, Ann! I’m thinking of making more soon. It’s hot here in NY 😉

    3. Diana July 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      So refreshing! I love the flavor orange curacao adds to drinks. Yay for cocktail experimentation!

      • Barb July 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

        Haha yayy! Yeah, we experiment on drinks a little too often these days 😉

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