Sangrias are some of my favorite cocktails to whip up over the holiday season. I love hosting events for my friends and family this time of year, so creating just the right amount of cocktails is crucial! Luckily, sangrias are traditionally made by the batch, making it a quick and easy option for any party.
The Spicy Serrano Sangria gives you a nice kick of spice with each sip, yet has such a smooth finish. It takes minutes to create, it’s delicious, and I guarantee your guests will fall in love! So, let’s get into this recipe build.
Preparing this sangria is a breeze. Just grab a pitcher and pour in all the ingredients. Give it a good stir, and voila! Your Spicy Serrano Sangria is ready to be served. The holidays can be stressful, but making cocktails doesn’t have to be.
All sangrias feature a type of wine. I used a nice, affordable red wine and opted for a Cabernet Sauvignon. This rich red wine adds depth and a robust flavor, balancing the spiciness of the tequila that we’ll be adding in next. And this isn’t your regular spicy tequila! This tequila is specially infused with delicious serrano peppers for those of you that enjoy a bit of spice in your life. It brings a delightful heat that’s not too overwhelming but just enough to add a spark to the drink.
Aside from the alcoholic base of this drink, you want to make sure the remaining ingredients balance the mixture out. To me, the sweetener is an essential touch in this recipe and I went with honey simple syrup. The honey adds a smooth, natural sweetness that complements the heat. Remember, it’s all about the sweetness here, but not too much!
The final touches to the mixture itself consist of refreshing citrus juices: lime and orange juice. The lime juice brings a zesty, fresh twist, cutting through the sweetness and balancing the flavors. On the other hand, the orange juice adds a fruity, citrusy sweetness, making the drink more rounded.
After pouring these ingredients over ice, go ahead and throw in a good amount of fresh orange and lemon slices to tie the drink together. Give it a good stir and begin pouring the Spicy Serrano Sangria into individual glasses over fresh ice, getting the sangria ready to serve.
The final touch? A skewer of sugared cranberries resting atop the glass, adding a pop of color and a hint of festive sweetness. The deep red hue of the sangria, combined with the colorful garnish, makes it not just a drink, but a centerpiece.
Step 1: Add ice in a pitcher. Pour in all ingredients (liquids).
Step 2: Add fresh orange and lime slices and stir.
Step 3: Fill a glass with ice and pour it into glasses. Garnish with sugared cranberries.
This Spicy Serrano Sangria isn’t just a drink; it’s a conversation starter, a mood setter, and a memorable part of your holiday celebrations. It’s a testament to how simple ingredients, when combined thoughtfully, can create something extraordinary.
So, cheers to the holiday season and delicious cocktails!