Lately, I’ve really been into developing all kinds of batch cocktail recipes; specifically, a variety of sangrias. There’s just something so convenient and delicious about a reliable sangria recipe, plus they’re ready within minutes. With that being said, allow me to introduce to you the Winter’s Blush Sangria! It’s delicious, easy to make, and guaranteed to be a hit at your next festive gathering.
Let’s dive into what makes this sangria so special.
I start off by dropping the fresh ingredients into the pitcher first: pomegranate seeds and lemon slices. Not only are these the main tasting elements of the Winter’s Blush Sangria, but it also makes for a stunning visual. The seeds look beautiful floating in the glass and offer a fun, edible garnish while the lemon slices reinforce the citrus notes in the drink. Once those are added in, you’re ready to begin blending together the mixture!
The alcoholic components of this sangria consist of Moscato d’Asti and gin. The gin is what really steals the show in this recipe to due its unique flavors and stunning hue. I opted for a very specific type and brand for my gin selection: Empress Elderflower Rose Gin. This isn’t your average gin. It has a floral and slightly sweet profile, which comes from the elderflower and a hint of rose. It’s smooth and adds a unique twist to the sangria, setting it apart from the usual brandy or red wine base in traditional recipes. And it’s thanks to the Empress Elderflower Rose Gin that the mixture itself has a beautiful, ruby hue which elevates your sipping experience entirely.
Next up, we add pomegranate juice. This brings a tart and fruity flavor, which perfectly complements the floral notes of the gin. It also happens to further deepen that inviting color of the sangria itself.
As this is a very distinctive recipe, I was extra particular with the selection of ingredients being blended together. In this case, the addition of elderflower liqueur echoes the elderflower in the gin and adds an extra layer of sweet floral notes. It works like a bridge, tying together the gin and the other fruity flavors which is always the goal in my opinion.
In most cocktail recipes, a citrus element is a must and there’s no exception here. A splash of lemon juice is crucial. It cuts through the sweetness and adds a bright, citrusy zing. It’s all about balance, and the lemon juice does just that.
Of course, it isn’t a sangria without a nice selection of wine. That’s when the Moscato d’Asti comes into play as our sparkling element. It’s a sweet, lightly fizzy wine that brings a playful and refreshing twist to the mix. Unlike traditional sangrias that often use a dry red or white wine, Moscato d’Asti lightens the drink and adds a bit of effervescence. Use this to top off the pitcher!
Once everything’s mixed in the pitcher, we serve it in individual glasses over fresh ice. This keeps it cool and dilutes it just a bit, making it super easy to sip.
Step 1: In a large pitcher, add in pomegranate seeds and lemon slices.
Step 2: Then, begin to pour in all your ingredients aside from the Moscato d’Asti.
Step 3: Top off the pitcher with Moscato d’Asti, and stir gently to combine the flavors together.
Step 4: Pour the sangria in individual glasses over fresh ice.
This Winter’s Blush Sangria is a unique departure from traditional, heavier sangrias. It’s light, refreshing, and has a lovely balance of sweet, tart, and floral flavors. The Empress Elderflower Rose Gin is the game changer here – it’s not just about adding alcohol; it’s about adding character. In terms of presentation, it’s a stunner. The deep pomegranate juice and Empress Elderflower Rose Gin give it a gorgeous color that’s reminiscent of a winter sunset.
So, when you’re looking for something a bit different from the usual sangria, give this recipe a try!