Citrus and Basil Sangria


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I’ve been having a lot of sangria recently. I don’t know if its because I’ve been doing a whole lotta celebrating recently or what, but there has been a ton of sangria in my life this past month. Okay, so maybe not a ton. Perhaps like 4-5 glasses over the last 4 weeks but thats a lot considering before this month I hadn’t had sangria in ages.

You see we are getting married in just over four months! 4 MONTHS PEOPLE!? OMG. I need to find shoes for my dress. And a makeup artist.

But one of the most exciting parts of getting married, besides actually getting married, is that we get to create all these kick ass cocktails for our bartenders to make the day of the wedding! SCORE! It’s tough work. I know. But hey, someones gotta do it!

And let’s talk about that for just a hot second. Why haven’t I had a sangria in so long? It’s kinda an amazing drink. You get a wine glass filled with tons of seasonal fruit and wine. That’s got my name written all over it.

Luckily this past weekend I picked up a bounty of fresh spring produce at my farmers market. After whipping up a few dishes I had planned for the weekend, I found myself with some extra fruit and decided to whip up a fun sangria for us for Saturday night dinner. The result, this awesome white wine sangria that is stuffed to the brim with delicious citrus, super ripe fragrant strawberries, fresh tangerine juice, white wine, a splash or two of brandy and a basil simple syrup. Pure perfection if you ask me. This one is totally going into my book for fun drinks to serve my friends this summer. Can you say summertime beach picnic!? So perfect. Enjoy!

Citrus and Basil Sangria



  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 bottle of sauvignon blanc
  • 1 blood orange sliced
  • 1 cara cara orange sliced
  • 1 tangelo or tangerine sliced
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries tops removed and sliced
  • 1 meyer lemon skin peeled and cut into 2 inch strips
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 cup blood orange italian soda or any italian soda flavor you prefer
  • 1/4 cup fresh tangerine juice


  • Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the basil leaves. Let the basil infuse the simple syrup for 20 minutes while the mixture cools.
  • In a large pitcher,

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  1. Kathryn

    Oh this sounds so good! I love the additional of basil, just a perfect summer drink!

  2. Blog is the New Black

    This looks and sounds amazing! I want it for breakfast.

  3. shelly (cookies and cups)

    What gorgeous pictures! Love the addition of basil 🙂

  4. HeatherChristo

    These are gorgeous pitcures Gaby! I just love these flavors too!

  5. Liz @ Virtually Homemade

    Looks beautiful and I’m sure it tastes fabulous!

  6. Marla

    Such a beautiful sangria!!! How fun to be creating all these signature cocktails for the BIG DAY!!

  7. Caroline~the wanna be country girl

    Those look amazing! Perfect for a Summer evening. So good, I pined, and stumbled the recipe!
    Thanks for sharing,

  8. Lucy Lean

    Cheers Gaby and OMG to how soon your wedding is! This sangria looks delicious and very quaffable.

  9. Caroline @ Pink Basil

    Oh, this looks like heaven! I am obsessed with all drinks that include basil – must try this!

  10. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    This looks incredibly refreshing, Gaby! And just in time for this heat wave we’re having in LA. Did you know it’s going to be 91 on Saturday?! I’m hoping we have just as nice a weather for the bake sale!

  11. Olivia

    An amazing summer drink. I just love it. Never thought about adding the basil leaves though.

  12. Ann P.

    i absolutely LOVE basil in beverages. 🙂 I love basil in just about anything, but in beverages it’s particularly special! Saving this in my pasplore recipe database right now!

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  15. Tony H.

    Love On The R O C K S!!!-That’s what this beautiful drink should be called…lol(smiles)

    • Kelli D

      Okay – looks like a blood orange; at least that’s what I’ve known those oranges to be. Hope I can find them in my area – they make the drink look wonderful!

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