Spiced Citrus Sangria Drink Recipe

This week I made my Sweet’N Low Spiced Citrus Sangria as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars

Spiced Citrus Sangria Drink Recipe - the perfect recipe to celebrate the new year! #sweetnlowstars

The holiday season is whizzing by and the New Year will be here before we know it! Now is the perfect time to start planning out the drinks you’ll be enjoying as we ring in 2015.

When I started thinking of what to serve on New Years Eve I knew I had to figure out a drink that not only tasted amazing, but also could be served as a mocktail too. Luckily this spiced citrus sangria can also be turned into a spiced citrus sparkling punch for those who can’t drink on New Years Eve. 

Spiced Citrus Sangria Drink Recipe ingredients #sweetnlowstars

The spiciness of the peppercorn and the citrus flavor from the mandarins and Grand Marnier pair perfectly with the sweetness of the sparkling red wine and cranberries.

By substituting a sparkling grape juice for the red wine and omiting the Grand Marnier this recipe turns from a cocktail to a mocktail. And I can tell you that both versions taste amazingly good (even if I only got the tiniest sip of the spiked version).

Spiced Citrus Sangria Pitcher #sweetnlowstars


Spiced Citrus Sangria Drink Recipe

For the cranberry-black pepper syrup:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 12 Sweet’N Low packets
  • 1 cup fresh whole cranberries
  • ½ cup whole black peppercorns

For the Base:

  • 2 satsuma tangerines (sliced with skin on)
  • 2 ounces cranberry-black pepper syrup
  • 4 ounces Grand Marnier liqueur

For the Sangria:

  • 1 bottle sparkling red wine (750 miliiter, such as Banfi Rosa Regale, chilled)
  1. For the Syrup: combine water, Sweet’N Low, cranberries, and peppercorns in a medium-sized sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Turn off heat, cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Cool and fine-strain mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter into an air-tight container. Syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  2. For the Sangria Base: add sliced tangerines in the base of an airtight container with cranberry syrup, and Grand Marnier. Stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 2 days and up to 4 days.
  3. To serve, pour entire sangria base into a large pitcher. Add sparkling red wine, pouring gently down the side of the pitcher. Stir gently to combine, and pour into ice-filled serving glasses.


Spiced Citrus Sangria Drink Recipe ready to enjoy #sweetnlowstars

How do you ring in the New Year?

Spiced Citrus Sangria - the perfect sparkling beverage to ring in the new year! #sweetnlowstars

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  1. That sounds perfect foe this time of year. I have to bring this recipe along on Christmas

  2. That sangria sounds interesting. I don’t know that I’ve ever had one that had peppercorns used.

  3. This looks delicious. I don’t drink alcohol, but I can easily whip up a mocktail version for my family.

  4. This year we’re ringing in the new year at a wedding reception! First time we’ll have been to one on New Year’s Eve – should be interesting!

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