What is your favorite summer cocktail? Are you a margarita fan, always ready for a taco and a top shelf margarita? Or are you all about the frosé?
I’m a sangria girl, but I rarely ever have it. It’s a large batch drink if you make it at home, and so many restaurants make shortcut sangrias with cheap mixes and Sprite that I am disinclined to order it on an evening out. Recently, I became curious about what an Amaretto sangria would taste like. Brandy is traditional in sangrias, but I suspected (correctly!) that an almond flavor would complement sangria flavors nicely.
As a note, this sangria is very cherry forward. If you don’t love cherries quite as much as I do, I would recommend a half cup of cherries and a half cup of your favorite berry rather than a full cup of cherries. Also the sugar amount is customizable. I made this with a quarter cup since I don’t love sugary alcohol drinks, but kept the recipe a bit sweeter to appeal to a larger group.
Cherry Amaretto Sangria
- 1 bottle light bodied red wine (Beaujolais/Gamay or Pinot Noir)
- 1/3 cup Amaretto
- 1 cup cherries, pitted
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 orange sliced, plus extra for garnish
- 1 cup sparkling water to top (optional)
- Juice your lemon, then stir the sugar into the lemon juice.
- Combine all ingredients except orange slices and sparkling water in a pitcher. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
- When ready to serve, add the orange slices, ice cubes, and sparkling water. Garnish glasses with orange slices.