Cherry Sangria – The Perfect Cocktail To End #BrunchWeek

Cherry Sangria
#BrunchWeek has been a rousing success – so many amazing bloggers and sponsors and I really have to send thanks to the #BrunchWeek fearless leaders,  Christine of Cook the Story and Terri of Love & Confections

I knew I had to bring a cocktail to the party and for every soiree I hold, there’s a strong chance that a sangria will be involved.  I still remember my first sangria when I was much younger and interned at a radio station in West Hartford, Connecticut.  My friend Kelly and I would visit some of the on-air talent when they did appearances at a local watering hole and sangria was on the menu.  Intrigued, I decided to order it instead of a beer and that’s when my love affair with sangria was born.  Whenever I see it on a menu, I often order it and that first sip takes me back to my Connecticut days.

When at Whole Foods this week, I noticed that fresh cherries were available and I knew that I would end #BrunchWeek with a cherry sangria – melding cherry and almond flavors with a bit of DiSaronno (another taste memory but I’ll explore that another time 😉 ) and citrus and it’s a winner.  The hardest part of the whole cocktail is pitting the cherries but if you want to use frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, feel free.  Sangria is better if you make it the day before – letting the flavors meld.  At the earliest, prep it a few hours before and let it marinate in the fridge.

Onto the recipe:

Gather the Ingredients

Cherry Sangria - Ingredients

Aren’t these cherries gorgeous?

Cherry Sangria - Cherries

There is nothing better than fresh fruit in a cocktail, IMO

Cherry Sangria - Fruit

Ahhh – DiSaronno – how you bring back memories

Cherry Sangria - DiSaronno

Now – don’t you want a sip?

Cherry Sangria | Cooking In Stilettos

Cherry Sangria
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This Cherry Sangria is perfect for warm summer days - cool and refreshing, studded with fresh cherries, citrus and a touch of spirit
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 6-8
For the Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
For the Sangria:
  • 1 lb. of cherries, pitted
  • 1 orange, halved and sliced into thin slices
  • 1 orange (for juice only)
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of simple syrup
  • ½ cup of unsweetened cherry juice (optional)
  • ¼ cup of Amaretto (I used DiSaronno)
  • ¼ cup of orange liquor (I used Grand Marnier)
  • 1 750 ML bottle of your favorite red wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon
To make the Simple Syrup:
  1. To a small saucepan, add the water and the granulated sugar.
  2. Over medium heat, simmer the water and sugar until the sugar is dissoved and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Set aside to cool.
To make the Sangria:
  1. Add the pitted cherries to a large pitcher.
  2. Follow that with the sliced oranges and limes.
  3. Juice one large orange and add the juice to the pitcher.
  4. Add the simple syrup, cherry juice (if adding), Amaretto, and orange liquor to the pitcher and muddle a bit.
  5. Let sit in the fridge for 2 hours or more and serve.
  6. Enjoy!


For some amazing recipes from the other #BrunchWeek bloggers, check out the links below:

Brunch Drink Recipes

Frozen Grasshopper by Amanda’s Apron
Gin and Sparkling Red Wine Cocktail by Take A Bite Out Of Boca
Chocolate Trifle {kid friendly} by Real Housemoms
Vanilla Pomegranate Mojito by Noshing With The Nolands
Cherry Sangria by Cooking In Stilettos

Potato Brunch Recipes

Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes with Vidalia Onions and Thyme by Cook the Story
A Salad Called German Potato by The Vintage Cook

Breads, Grains, Cereals and Pancake-type Yums

Chocolate Chip Craisin Granola Bars by Big Bear’s Wife
Dandelion Pesto Pizza by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Biscoff Walnut Granola Parfaits by White LIghts on Wednesday
Stuffed French Toast by poet in the pantry
Pina Colada French Toast by The Domestic Mama & The Village Cook
Sourdough Epi Baguettes with Rhubarb Blood Orange Ginger Jam by Spontaneous Tomato
Carrot Cake Pancakes by Love and Confections

Spreads and Dips for Brunch

Strawberry-Kiwi Jam by Sweet Remedy
Grilled Pineapple and Walnut Dip by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Brunch Dessert Recipes

Raspberry Sweet Rolls with Meyer Lemon Glaze by by Cravings of a Lunatic
Florida Strawberry, Lavender Farmers Cheese and California Walnut Braided Pastries by Vanilla Lemonade

Don’t forget -there’s a #BrunchWeek PinChat Live today on Pinterest at the #BrunchWeek Pinterest board from 2-3 p.m. and I’m hearing there’s more prizes involved.   Make sure to drop by and see what it’s all about :)

BrunchWeek Pinchat Live


Many thanks to the #BrunchWeek sponsors who made this week possible!

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