Lemon-Lime Sangria

Another month…another sangria.  I don’t know if there is a perfect or bad sangria for summertime, but this one seemed appropriate.  Note for those who like to make (or are asked) to make cocktails with little-no notice – keep lemons and limes on hand, all the time.  Okay, now for the recipe – the original post can be found HERE.

Lemon-Lime Sangria

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: Gal on a Mission

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 1 750mL bottle Pinot Grigio
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ¼ cup citrus vodka (Absolut Citron)
  • Lemon flavored carbonated beverage (such as lemon-lime soda, lemon or lime flavored sparkling water, or San Pellegrino Limonata)
  • Stevia drops to taste

Directions

  1. Put lemons, limes, wine, lemon juice, lime juice, and vodka into a pitcher and allow to sit for 1 hour – overnight.
  2. Pour ½ cup of sangria concentrate into a wine glass with 2-3 slices of lemon and/or lime.
  3. Add ½ cup carbonated beverage to wine glass.
  4. Add stevia drops to sweeten to taste.

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I modified this recipe a little.  The original recipe does not use any liquor or liqueur – I opted to add the citrus vodka.  Other recipes use Limoncello and/or vodka (plain or citrus).  The original recipe says to omit the lemon and/or lime juices if you are adding flavored soda.  Well, I did both – didn’t want to “skimp” on flavor.

So, the verdict…  The liquor addition was a good call.  I may try this with Limoncello at some time.  The lemon and lime juice was not overkill.  However, my recent experiences with lime have led to a more bitter tasting (than desired) beverage.  The pucker factor on this one was pretty big and I had to add sweetener (I chose stevia drops) to my glass, even WITH the addition of soda.  However, you may like it as is.  I did notice that other recipes do add sugar when making the sangria concentrate – and I may try this as well.  Overall, it was good and plan make it again this summer – Cheers!

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