Blood Orange Sangria

Last weekend we had my husbands boss and his wife over for dinner. While I was planning the menu for the evening I came across this new blog post on How Sweet It Is for blood orange sangria and it was gorgeous!

Even though I can’t have sangria (sad face) sometimes just that little extra something added to the meal makes entertaining that much better. I decided to make it.

I haven’t had much experience with blood oranges before. I know they mostly come from Italy and that they are really pretty and seem a little exotic. They remind me of Tuscany for some reason, maybe it’s the colors.

I made this sangria with a pino grigio but I am thinking next time I might try it with a fruity pino nior or this Barefoot Sweet Red. The tangy sweetness of the blood oranges might taste better with a red.

Sigh… I miss wine.

Remember this Sangria? It’s still my favorite. Come summer time it might be one of the first things I treat myself to post pregnancy. Raspberry and peach sangria and tuna sashimi.

Here is the promised baby bump picture. I didn’t end up wearing my new Ravens jersey because it was a little tight around the bump. Next season though it will be perfect!

I’m six months along today. I’m not going to do the whole update on how I feel because it’s pretty much the same as last week, but … I did start exercising this week, finally.

A little something funny about this picture. Do I look like I was crying? Well I was. It’s actually pretty normal these days for me to cry at the drop of a hat. I asked Nick to take this photo and — like a typical man — he takes like 20 pictures rapidly (before I even know if I like the angle) and some while I still talking (asking him to stop).

Then we have these pictures where I have a double chin and am making funny faces while Im talking. Then I feel huge and start crying and say never mind and on and on. It’s actually funny now … and I love him for putting up with me :) but jeez these hormones won’t stop.

P.S. Honey Bear wanted to be in the photo too. She always looks great.

Blood Orange Sangria  (just slightly changed but adapted from How Sweet It Is)

6 blood oranges
2 bottles of pinot grigio
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup brandy (I omitted the brandy, didn’t have any)
12 ounces of strawberries, sliced
1 pint of raspberries (no raspberries for me either but I bet they would be good)
1 apple, chopped
1/2 cup sugar

1. Juice four of the blood oranges (by hand), discarding any seeds or pith. Chop the remaining blood oranges into pieces. Chop apples and strawberries as well.


2. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, brandy, blood orange juice, club soda, sugar, apples, strawberries, raspberries and blood oranges. Stir well to combine.

3. Let the sangria sit for at least a few hours, it gets better the longer it sits.

7 Responses to “Blood Orange Sangria”

  1. Liz posted on February 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm (#)

    awe! you look so cute!! I totally want this Sangria too! I bet it would be good with a red :)

  2. Kathy posted on February 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm (#)

    You look terrific! I like that you used the white wine as the beautiful red in the blood oranges would show up better. If you use a red, I don’t think that will happen.

  3. bluewrenn posted on February 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm (#)

    What menu did you decide upon for the dinner with the Boss?

  4. Made in Sonoma posted on February 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm (#)

    This looks great! When you’re not preggers during the summer, you should try Beringer’s White Merlot if you can find it. I bet it’d be really good with this, too!

    Honey & Ryder are so alike! They look so much like each other.

  5. Sean Marie posted on February 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm (#)

    You look wonderful, stop being so critical of yourself! Stop it crazy hormones, stop it right now!!!!

  6. Sarah posted on February 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm (#)

    You look AWESOME momma! And I must say, your little Honey Bear is one damn cute dog. Love his little nose.

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