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. #
    Catsburgh — February 1, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    I saw blood oranges at Trader Joes last week and almost picked some up. Now I’m wishing I had!

    Had a lovely time at happy hour with you in this post – hope we can do it again soon! :)


  2. #
    Meredith — February 1, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    GORGEOUS photography!!!!! and this recipe sounds delicious!


    • Lindsay — February 2nd, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

      Was thinking the exact same thing! Stunning photos. This post just reminds me how much I need a macro lens to get better close ups.


      • Jessica — February 2nd, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

        i don’t even have a macro! just use a 35mm f/1.8. thanks though. :)

  3. #
    Wendy — February 1, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    Its the vitamin C in the blood oranges that your sick body was craving. After looking at your fantastic photos, now I ‘m craving blood orange sangria too!


  4. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — February 1, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    This was possibly one of my most favorite posts of yours to date. I really wish Dana Gordon and Ari Gold had ended up together. I can’t hate Taylor Swift either. And I’m going to go buy some gummy vitamins, blood oranges, and a bottle of wine now. Thank you and good night.


  5. #
    Stef — February 1, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    Hilarious. You’re hilarious. In my head, I heard Jennifer Lawrence’s voice reading this blog post. So funny. But sorry you’ve been sick. Boo. Not fun.

    Yours is quickly becoming one of my favorite food blogs. Love your running commentary, and love that you post so often. And your food is alright too .


  6. #
    LisaG — February 1, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    You’re on a roll this week! Laughing like crazy over here. Cheers!


  7. #
    Samantha — February 1, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    OMG, I totally feel you about Grey’s Anatomy this season!!! It’s so predictable and has gotten quite boring. I’m actually two weeks behind, but it’s not as important as it use to be (back when it was good!)

    And I totally do the same thing with my gummy vitamins as well. I keep being told that “you’ll overdose on vitamins”, at least I”ll die with a strong immune system–if that makes sense? And now I have gummy calcium ‘pills’ and gummy fiber ‘pills’ as well–both are gummy and covered in sugar. I swear I could just sit down with the whole jar and consume the whole thing.


  8. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — February 1, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    I’m a master facebook stalker. Years of practice over here!


  9. #
    Laura — February 1, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Love the pics, love the recipe. Now I have to make this…thanks, I think :)


  10. #
    Alison — February 1, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    I made this tonight for a party tomorrow and it doesn’t seem as sweet as the sangria I’m used to. It’s probably just that my blood oranges weren’t as sweet, but I ended up adding a scant 1/4 cup of superfine sugar to the mix. I’ll let it macerate overnight and taste it again in the morning.


  11. #
    Gina — February 2, 2013 @ 1:39 am

    I just want to know if you drank from all the glasses in the pictures yourself. I would have!


  12. #
    Jade Sheldon — February 2, 2013 @ 3:17 am

    I love blood oranges so, so much…


  13. #
    Vicki Bensinger — February 2, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    I haven’t noticed any blood oranges in the store lately but I’m going to run out today to get some and make this for tomorrow. This sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and your beautiful photos.


  14. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — February 2, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    I’ve been on a huge blood orange kick recently and my kids are going bonkers over them too! Love the sangria :)


  15. #
    Carly — February 2, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    You are SO funny! Half the time I read your posts I don’t even look at what your making, I just want to see what you talk about. One time I ate like half of the container of those chocolately vitamin D Calcium chews, which is way over the recommended amount of Vitamin D let me tell you.


  16. #
    Krysten — February 2, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    I just bought a box of those dill Triscuits on my mother’s insistence. I haven’t opened them yet for fear I will down them ALL in one day.


  17. #
    Vicki Bensinger — February 2, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    I saw someone had mentioned this wasn’t sweet enough. Two ways to sweeten it would be to use orange soda rather than club soda. Although if you can’t have caffeine orange soda typically is high in caffeine so check your bottle before using. Also to add a simple syrup which is simply equal parts water and sugar dissolved over the stove, cooled then added to you taste. Just thought I’d add that. I can’t wait to try this.


  18. #
    Jordyn — February 2, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    I feel ya about the Grey’s… I actually realized just before Christmas that I hadn’t watched ANY of the new season after the crash episodes aired, and what was the weirdest part was that I wasn’t even disappointed that I hadn’t seen them. It was like, “meh, whatever.” If you want some new drama with some passion…. I suggest ‘Scandal’. It’s the newest Shonda creation, and it is So. Good. Oh and that sangria looks rockin’! I wish I could get blood oranges out here in Okinawa!


  19. #
    Lulu — February 2, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    Yes, I miss McSteamy! Especially the earlier version.

    Do you have to use blood oranges? Could regular oranges work? I hardly ever see blood oranges in my neck of the woods.


  20. #
    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — February 2, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who calls actors/actresses by their Entourage character’s name regardless of what I’m watching at the time. Nicky Rubenstein was on Friends the other night. Totally forgot he was Chandler’s creepy roommate for a day. That movie needs to get made asap.


  21. #
    Deborah — February 2, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love you so much! We would be best friends if we met in real life. I always think this when I read your posts, but today solidified it. I would love to hear your song about bacon and glitter. Two of my favorite things. Plus your Sangria looks bomb. Definitely trying it soon. Thanks for being amazing!


  22. #
    Liz — February 3, 2013 @ 12:29 am

    Loved sitting down to a drink with you! The sangria was perfect :)


  23. #
    Sharla — February 3, 2013 @ 3:03 am

    Girl I got on an awful fb stalking binge of one person this week. So embarrassing – even for myself! And I live off dill triscuits like every week
    :) hope you’re feeling back to normal. I’m sure this sangria could help!


  24. #
    Alyssa — February 3, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    I love this recipe! Definitely going to make it soon :-)


  25. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 3, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    Waaaant! This is so colourful and fun!


  26. #
    Katie — February 3, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    Oooh I like your thinkin’! I posted my own blood orange sangria recipe last week. Great minds, man. Will have to try your version with the strawberries and whatnot!


  27. #
    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — February 3, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    Beautiful! I always think of sangria as a summer drink, but I was just convinced otherwise. Thanks for sharing!


  28. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 3, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    What a great way to enjoy the blood oranges! So gorgeous!


  29. #
    Colette — February 4, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Now all we need is a couple of old rocking chairs on the front porch!


  30. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 4, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    I’munna hold my mouth open and just let you funnel this right in.


  31. #
    Kala Rae Designs — February 5, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    Love this blog…what a great idea for a delish Sangria


  32. #
    Aggie — February 6, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    I can’t hate Taylor either, I secretly like her actually. Totally ok with it.
    I’m obsessed with blood oranges. And sangria. Thanks for making this for me. ;)


  33. #
    Jen — February 6, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    Just had to put my blinders on there for a second – I’m still on season 6 of Grey’s Anatomy where McSteamy finally started acting like a grown-up!


  34. #
    Mia Wade — February 8, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    Has anyone thought about adding orange triple-sec to sweeten? There are 0 calerie brands available as well…just a thought. LOVE blood oranges.


  35. #
    sharon — February 16, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    Please tell me more about dill Triscuits. Did u make these?


  36. #
    Megan Robison — February 17, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    Tried this recipe & it was delicious! There was a lot more fruit than I expected … which makes it healthier, right?


  37. #
    Sharon @ Bake & Bait — May 9, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    Wonderful pictures! I’ve added a link to your post in my Blood Orange Lemonade post, I hope you don’t mind! I love blood oranges, seeing all these recipes makes me want to go stock up on a truck load of them!


  38. #
    Lana — July 18, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    This looks so yummy. I love to make sangria, i will def try out this recipe:)


  39. #
    Isabelle — July 18, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    I came across this recipe through Pinterest, but found more than just that. This is a great post. You sound a little like me, or at least your thoughts on stuff and things. I’m not really a foodie (please don’t get me wrong, I love to stuff my face big time), but I had to subscribe. A pleasure to read, girl! ;D


  40. #
    Lauren — March 29, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    I saw this on tumblr like two years ago and had to try it. I finally did and it is seriously so awesome. I cheated and used frozen strawberries & raspberries, and bought the fresh squeezed blood orange juice from whole foods (I do not have a juicer nor the upper body strength to squeeze oranges). It tastes better overnight! I can’t wait to share this with my friends.



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