Happy hour time?

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Yeah. That’s what I’m thinking too. It has been a WEEK. Pull up a chair, why don’t you? I’m starrrrving.

Let’s order this bacon jalapeño cheese ball, this black bean dip and to be healthy, these vegetable spring rolls. Vegetables all around! They can make up for this entire pitcher of sangria that we are going to drink… ourselves.

It’s worth it. Trust me.

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What first? Are you freaking that heck out that, oh, it’s February? ALREADY. What? How is this happening? Why is the world flying by my eyes while I sit and do nothing? And why do I have to be the cliche person who talks about how fast time is flying on the internet? The world will never know.

Are you also totally missing McSteamy on Grey’s? It’s just not the same. And things are boring. I mean, I guess that happens after riding out a plane crash and surviving in the wilderness for a week or whatever, but still. Give me a little (believable) drama, Shonda. You already crushed my dreams by destroying Private Practice. I guess it’s sort of cool that Dana Gordon is playing some whacko character on the show but let’s be honest… she is nothing without Ari Gold. And now I miss Vincent Chase.

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Done any extreme Facebook stalking lately? Really… I’m sort of done with it. Until I find someone that I reeeeeeally want to stalk. Then it’s on. Will this ever not be a thing? Wait… is he really dating her? Whyyyyy. Unsubscribing is definitely a thing. A giant thing. Click click click… bye bye fake friends that post blurry pics of your kid using the potty for the first time. Just… no. That will never be a thing.

[I’m secretly pouring you a second glass while you’re in the restroom. It won’t be so secret when you return.]

Truth: I watched the Palladia special with Taylor Swift last night and loved it. I’m sorry, I can’t get on the hate train when someone is so passionate about what they do. I love passion. Passion is what I live for. I also couldn’t write a song to save my life unless it went to the tune of someone else’s already written melody. Plus, said written song would have an 85% chance being about bacon or glitter. No one wants to listen to that.

Or do you?

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Something mildly horrifying? I’m kind of waiting with baited breath for Safe Haven to come out. It’s not like I will see it in the theater anyway because I go to the movies like once every three years, but I romanticize the idea of Nicholas Sparks romanticizing the idea of everything in life. Then he deflates me, but whatever. Hopeless romantic for liiiiife.

I also do this thing… where I lie on the couch and just refresh the popular page of instagram for about 20 minutes. I find this so interesting and truly? Entertaining. It makes me want to go to Greece and be a part of a beautifully filtered falling snowstorm on a lovely lit cobblestone street in some fancy city and eat weird and most likely very dry cupcakes. I’m not sure what that says about my life. One time as I refreshed it, I saw one of my blog recipe photos on there and was quite confused. Funny!! I put things on the internet for free soooo… who is the smart one here? hmmm.

In the last week I’ve survived on a diet consisting mainly of dill-flavored triscuits and Advil cold and sinus. I don’t care anymore and this sangria is going to knock that out.

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Oh and actually? I definitely ate a few extra gummy vitamins for dessert this week because apparently I’m still not over doing that and it is what one does when they have a cold and there are no sweets in sight. I figured I could use the extra immune boost. Yesss.

This was fun. Let’s do it again.

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Blood Orange Sangria

Yield: serves 4-6

Total Time: 15 minutes


6 blood oranges
2 (750ML) bottles of pinot grigio
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup brandy
12 ounces of strawberries, sliced
1 pint of raspberries
1 apple, chopped
1/2 cup sugar, for glass rimming


Zest one of the blood oranges and combine it with the sugar in a small bowl. Rub the sugar and zest together with your fingers until fragrant. Juice four of the blood oranges (I simply did this by hand), discarding any seeds or pith. Chop the remaining blood oranges into pieces.

In a large pitcher, combine the wine, brandy, blood orange juice, club soda, apples, strawberries, raspberries and blood oranges. Stir well to combine. Place the orange sugar on a plate, then run a lemon, lime or orange slice around the rim of each glass. Dunk each glass in the sugar, coating well. Fill each glass with a few ice cubes, then add some of the fruit from the sangria. Pour the sangria into each glass and serve!

Note: this definitely gets better as it sits, so you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge.

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Next time: tequila.

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174 Responses to “Blood Orange Sangria.”

  1. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — February 1, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    Haha so many great things in this post! I’ve got the same pitcher (great minds think alike) and could go for an entire one full of this sangria right about now! Blood oranges, gummy vitamins, Instagram…. it’s what perfect days are made of. Cheers! :)


  2. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 1, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    I wish it was happy hour time, instead of time to go to work! You inspired me last year to try Blood Oranges and I love them, totally forgot it ‘s Blood Orange Season! Your Sangria looks amazing! I love Sangria! Have a great weekend!


  3. #
    Simply Life — February 1, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    oh I love this post! too fun! and those pictures are incredible!


  4. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 1, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    The picture that you call bloodorangesangria6 is worthy of hanging on my kitchen wall. I love it! And love the story-telling in this one. Sorry you’re sick though. Sangria will help, I’m sure of it :)


    • Krissy @ Make it Naked — February 1st, 2013 @ 10:11 am

      Agreed. I actually stopped and looked at that picture for a while. Feel better!


    • Emily — February 1st, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

      totally agree! SO pretty!


    • jennifurla — February 1st, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

      I agree, I went back 3 times over to look at it.


  5. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — February 1, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    I absolutely love everything about this post! I think it should be a weekly occurance that we all enjoy happy hour together, especially with a large glass (or two) of sangria. Looks delish!


  6. #
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — February 1, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    A WEEK…no, it’s been a MONTH! I’m so glad January is over. I swear, it has been the worst month in a long time. I’m really hoping that today is a fresh start to the year. I’m thinking that if I sit down to a glass of this, I will forget January ever happened.

    I hope you have a great weekend Jessica!


  7. #
    Meg Jones | The Spatularettes — February 1, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Need this one in my life. I made your apple cider sangria for a picnic last fall and my friends went craaaaaaaaaazy over it. All signs point to Blood Orange Sangria having the same effect. Hello weekend :)


  8. #
    Kim in MD — February 1, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    I totally relate to everything you said in this post! And this sangria…WOW! I am going to make a batch of this sangria for the Super Bowl!


  9. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — February 1, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    I’d listen to your bacon/glitter song on repeat, my dear.

    PS – I know that last picture is stuff that all ended up in the trash, but I love how you manage to even make the discarded stuff look gorgeous.


  10. #
    Mel — February 1, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    I think our taste buds are soulmates.


  11. #
    Eddie — February 1, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    How could anyone hate on Taylor Swift? How about the way she took questions from the crowd and asked each person their name and told them it was great to meet them? Could you see Ke-dollar sign-ha doing that? Or Madonna, what with her fake accent? YOU ARE FROM DETROIT. THEY DON’T HAVE ENGLISH ACCENTS IN DETROIT!

    I <3 TSwizzle, if you couldn't tell.


  12. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 1, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    a) Im getting extreeemely bored with Greys as well..I don’t even look forward to it anymore..I used to be so excited for Thursday..whats going on Shonda? b) Im equally as thrilled for Safe Haven, EVEN THOUGH, every Nicholas Sparks movie since The Notebook, hasn’t lived up to it, and are getting cheesier..still so good! :P c) I love blood orange sangria. I made one this week too…same wavelength?! haha


  13. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — February 1, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    I need this in my life now! Never mind the fact that it is 9:15, its 5 oclock somewhere!


  14. #
    Katie — February 1, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    Prettiest drink ever. Made my Friday better without even drinking one. Yet.


  15. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — February 1, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Happy Friday to meeeeeeeeeeeeeee!


  16. #
    Jenna — February 1, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Ive been wanting to experiment with blood oranges this looks like ghe perfect way to do so!


  17. #
    Ashley — February 1, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    I wish it was socially acceptable for me to crawl out of bed to make this and just sip on this for the remainder of the day…..or weekend.


  18. #
    Ashley — February 1, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    I’m pretty much in love with this entire post. Thanks for the bean dip shout! The entire paragraph about Mc Steamy, Ari Gold, etc. SPOT ON. And where did you find blood oranges?? WHY are they not around here yet?? Although I have no clue what Palladia is, if you were my neighbor I would watch it with you. As long as you feed me these sangrias. Gorgeous colors + photos and love the contrast of the dark background. Aaaand, I’m done now.


  19. #
    Jocelyn — February 1, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    This post makes me happy because I’m so on board with everything you are saying. Especially the unsubscribing. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to do it and I can’t stop getting 50 thousand pictures of mini dachshunds showing up on my feed every 5 seconds.

    This post also makes me sad. Because I’m allergic to oranges. And now i want this sangria. I wonder if blood oranges even count as real oranges?


  20. #
    Jessica L. @ The Lamppost — February 1, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    YES. Put tequila in this asap. Please and thank you!


  21. #
    Lianne — February 1, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Is it bad that I can’t wait to leave work just to make a pitcher of these??


  22. #
    Holiday Baker Man — February 1, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    2 Bottles of wine….serves 4 to 6…. I like your style!


  23. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — February 1, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    This bad boy will def knock out that cold with all that vitamin C and is almost too pretty to drink. Almost, NOT! Bring it baby. I thought Shonda got fired from Grey’s which has led to their downward spiral.


  24. #
    Bliss — February 1, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    I don’t know about instagram, but you may find some of those photos printed, framed, and on my kitchen wall. They are amazing!!! So beautiful!

    Also, this is the perfect drink for my anti-SuperBowl party, where we eat and drink a lot and totally ignore the game. Thanks!!


  25. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 1, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    Feel better, girl! Love this sangria, thanks for linking to my cheese ball!


  26. #
    natalie @ wee eats — February 1, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    I love this idea! As a girl with limited to no wine experience, do you have a “brand” of pinot that you recommend using in this recipe? :)

    I had to stop watching Grey’s a long time ago… I tried to hang on, I really really did… I LOVED the first two seasons, they were so good, and then I hung on for a couple more… but eventually I just had to give up…. *tear


    • Jessica — February 1st, 2013 @ 11:36 am

      if you are just looking for something simple and affordable, i really like Cavit pinot grigio!


  27. #
    Rachel Cooks — February 1, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    The 5th photo is insanely gorgeous, Jessica!


    • Jessica — February 1st, 2013 @ 11:36 am

      thank you!!


  28. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — February 1, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    omg Jessica I’m love this!!

    b/c I’m a cocktail and cheese pairing whor.. e (lol can I say that here?!) I am literally drooling thinking about kicking back a few of these babies with some Cabrales Blue Cheese and some salt & cracked pepper crackers – divine!

    lovely photos as always :)


    • Jessica — February 1st, 2013 @ 11:36 am

      that sounds… amazing.


  29. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — February 1, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    yes, yes and more yes.


  30. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — February 1, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    I know it is crazy how the time is flying…
    I think a part of me is still stuck in 2012… Weird..LOl
    This looks perfect, just something I need to calm my nerves, right in the morning.. ;-)


  31. #
    Morgan — February 1, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Blood oranges just came into season here in the desert, so I am excited to use some for this asap. Sangria is never a bad decision.

    P.S. Where do you find all these stunning backdrops for your photos? I love the layers of rustic textures in your fifth photo. Do you DIY anything of them or are they random finds? Seriously gorgeous styling Jessica!


    • Jessica — February 1st, 2013 @ 11:45 am

      wow… thank you so much! they are seriously just $1-$2 tiles from Lowes. nothing special at al!


      • Morgan — February 1st, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

        Very clever! Thanks for sharing.

  32. #
    Amy — February 1, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    Yes. I could go for one or four of these. I’ll grab my shoes and be right over. Make room on the couch for me to veg, please.


  33. #
    Alison — February 1, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    You are cracking me up in this post! I think we would all actually like it if you did start singing about bacon and glitter… you’d pretty much be the real-life Robin Sparkles.


  34. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — February 1, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    If ever there was a fruit that was photogenic, it is the blood orange. These pics have my mouth watering. I want it right now.


  35. #
    adie (adiecakes) — February 1, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    There’s a Spanish restaurant in DC (Boqueria) that has blood orange sangria on their menu, and they make it with cava and tequila! It’s kind of like an effervescent margarita. It’s super awesome! If you’re ever in the area (you have a cousin in DC or something, right? Because I have her to thank for your introduction to – and subsequent recipe posting of, because Cava is my favorite place ever – crazy feta), you should go there for a drink and compare notes! And eat some tapas, duh.


  36. #
    Emily — February 1, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Those pictures are fantastic! I can’t believe it’s February either, but now I think I have to make this for valentines day.


  37. #
    Mary Lou — February 1, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    dear Sweet!
    you SO LIFT my Spirit!
    thanx thanx thanx for being YOU!


  38. #
    Mary @ The Kitchen Paper — February 1, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    I totally miss McSteamy on Grey’s. He seriously was a GREAT character… good looks were just a bonus :)


  39. #
    deva at deva by definition — February 1, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    these look amazing! I love sangria – so refreshing!


  40. #
    Lucy — February 1, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    That looks amazing! I might have too make it next time I have people over. I love that its served in jars as well! x


  41. #
    Larry — February 1, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    I’m currently on a manager’s conference call and I would love a giant pitcher of this sangria to keep myself from wanting to jab my Hello Kitty pen into my eye just so I would get to leave for the day.


  42. #
    Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — February 1, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Do you know I’ve never had Sangria? This is gorgeous though, love the deep jewel tones..its making me very thirsty to try it! :)


  43. #
    Kate — February 1, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    Where did you buy these blood oranges???? I need some in my life!!


  44. #
    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — February 1, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    I love blood oranges, I love wine, and I love happy hour. So…


  45. #
    Michelle — February 1, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    so beautiful!!


  46. #
    Chloe @Ergo-Blog — February 1, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    I have to try this out!! YUM!!!


  47. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 1, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    Love this! Headed to a happy hour gathering tonight… but not soon enough!


  48. #
    Julie // Bound — February 1, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    I went to Spain in October with my husband and our good friend, and I thought we had consumed all the sangria that ever existed! Apparently not. And now I am nostalgic, and I will have to make this tonight. Amen.


  49. #
    Heather — February 1, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    Just had to say…your post made me crack up at work today. Hilarious! Love reading and love the recipes.


  50. #
    rachel cary — February 1, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    steve madden just repinned this- celeb.



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