Red Wine Lemonade With Blood Orange Juice

Bird's eye view picture of two red wine lemonades with blood orange juice cocktails garnished with blood orange slices. The glasses are on a stark white background and are filled with ice and are completed with a metal straw.

If you haven’t tried red wine lemonade you’re missing out. I know, I know, everyone is always immediately skeptical of this unexpected combination but trust me when I say it’s delicious. Think of red wine lemonade as sangria’s less distinguished—yet equally refreshing—younger sibling. Popular in Spain, where it’s known as tinto de verano or “the red wine of summer.” This simple wine-based cocktail is traditionally made with inexpensive wine and sparkling lemonade and served over ice. Unlike sangria, this blood orange red wine lemonade can be made just before serving, no soaking of fruit required! In this version of red wine lemonade, the blood orange juice adds a not-too-intense hint of musky sweetness. The resulting blood orange red wine lemonade is a gorgeous, budget-friendly cocktail that can be made by the glass or in large batches for a crowd.

Bird's eye view of blood oranges for red wine lemonade.

Red Wine Lemonade With Blood Orange Juice

Yields:

1 Blood Orange Red Wine Lemonade (can easily be multiplied for a crowd)

Ingredients:

6 oz. inexpensive red wine (I like to use a fruit-forward wine such as Merlot, Malbec, or Beaujolais)

3 oz. sparkling lemonade

Juice of half a blood orange (I’ve also used my Blood Orange and Rosemary Simple Syrup when I’ve had it on hand)

Ice

Slice of blood orange for garnish

Special equipment:

Highball glass

Bar spoon

Method:

Pour the red wine, sparkling lemonade, and blood orange juice over ice in a highball glass. Stir until combined with a bar spoon. Garnish with a slice of blood orange.

What I’m listening to

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I find myself falling in love with you
I don’t know quite how to put this decently
But what’s the chance that you could love me too?

Who who who who who
Has made my dreams come true?
And turned my gray sky blue
Why it’s you you you you you
Woo woo woo woo woo
Like amorous lovebirds do
Who made my world seem new
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You make everything beautiful seem true
I can’t wait to go to sleep and dream again
‘Cause every dream I dream’s a dream of dreamy little you

Who who who who who
Has made my dreams come true
And turned my gray sky blue
Why it’s you you you you you

Woo woo woo woo woo
Like amorous lovebirds do
You make my world seem new
Tis tis you you you you you

The 6ths – You You You You You


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