Cinco de Mayo is coming up and is the perfect time for grilling and hanging out on the patio. I love Margaritas but I was looking for something a little lighter and more refreshing for hot days ahead, so I came up with this sangria. With flavors of orange, lime, and crisp white wine, it’s the best of both. Pop a shot of tequila in there and it really does taste like a Margarita.
I didn’t have time to test an alcohol-free version, but if I were to make one, I’d replace the wine with three cups of peach flavored herbal tea, replace the club soda with lemon-lime soda, omit the simple syrup and of course the tequila, but keep the limes and oranges the same.
Next weekend I’ll be making these again and testing a new grilled taco recipe: dry-spiced seitan, corn, and poblano pepper in soft corn tortillas. When I get it just right, you’ll see it here.
- 4 limes
- 2 naval oranges
- 1 (750 ml) bottle inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
- 1-1/2 ounces silver tequila
- Agave nectar or simple syrup to taste (I only used about 1 tablespoon simple syrup, but I like it dry)
- 1-1/2 cups club soda
Thinly slice two limes and one orange and put in a pitcher. Squeeze the juice of the remaining limes and orange into the pitcher and add the wine, tequila, and agave nectar or simple syrup. If you have time, refrigerate this mixture for a few hours to let the flavors meld. Just before serving, stir in the club soda.
Note: I usually make small amounts of simple syrup by putting equal parts granulated sugar and water in a little jar and shaking it until the sugar dissolves. For larger amounts, see this recipe.