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Easy Apricot + Basil Sangria (for Two!)

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Warm weather beckons us to enjoy sweet + crisp cocktails. This Easy Apricot + Basil Sangria for two is just the thing for a relaxing evening on the porch.

pouring sparkling wine into a pitcher

An Easy Apricot + Basil Sangria for Two

My aunt was the one to teach me how to make sangria. BIG BATCH sangria. I don’t remember the exact timing (I was still young and impressionable), but I will never forget that moment.

My mom didn’t have a punch bowl, so we used this (seemingly) huge plastic container. I think it was the top of a cake carrier turned upside down. Sliced citrus and apples went into the bowl with a cup of sugar and a 750 ml bottle of gin…and some mint, I think. Then we waited. 

After the sugar dissolved and the fruit was all boozy, my aunt pulls out a gallon jug of wine and dumps the whole thing in. It was magnificent! I’ve made my aunt’s sangria a time or two (ok…or more) over the years and it always brings back that happy memory.

Big Batch is on hiatus, but I’ve got a sangria recipe for two that is just as easy and takes mere minutes to have glass in hand. 

clinking two glasses of apricot basil sangria

Ingredients for Sangria with Apricot + Basil

Canned Apricots in Juice — Stay with me here! Quality canned apricots are going to add a springtime sweetness to our sangria. No peeling required. No wrestling the flesh from the pit. Open the can and they’re ready to go. And, the juices they’re packed in? Instant simple syrup, only with more flavor. 

Basil — Because, why not? I love herbs in my cocktails. They just bring something extra special to the party. And, because I think of sipping this sangria while the weather is warm, I think of my favorite warm weather herb. 

Orange Liqueur — Many sangria recipes call for the addition of a liquor. The orange liqueur gives your sangria a tiny kick and adds a fruity boost. I also feel it’s a great flavor pairing with the apricots.

Wine — There are no hard and fast rules here, but either a sparkling wine (like a blanc de blanc) or a Pinot Grigio are both winners. If you can get your hands on some, try it with a ramato — a copper hued wine made from the Pinot Grigio grape. Isn’t it gorgeous?

pouring blush wine into pitcher

How to Make Easy Apricot + Basil Sangria

Grab yourself a cocktail shaker, small pitcher or mason jar. A jigger or small measure and a muddler or wooden spoon will be helpful, too.

In the bottom of your container, add one chopped apricot half, 2 ounces of the canned juice and 4 to 6 basil leaves to taste. Muddle these together, creating a chunky puree. 

Add the orange liqueur and wine, then stir to combine everything.

Add a few ice cubes to each glass. Slice or dice one apricot half and divide it between the two glasses.

Pour the sangria over the ice and garnish with some additional basil. 

muddling apricots, basil and juice
pouring sparkling sangria into a glass

What to Pair with Your Sangria

This fruity, yet crisp sangria will pair well with spicy dishes or rich, creamy foods — like Basil + Lemon Burrata with Toasted Ciabatta.

cocktail hour with apricot basil sangria and burrata

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apricot basil sangria with sparkling wine

Easy Apricot Basil Sangria

Sip + Sanity | Linda Feller
Warm weather beckons us to enjoy a sweet + crisp cocktail. This Easy Apricot + Basil Sangria for two is just the thing for a relaxing evening on the porch.
Prep time.5 minutes
Total time.5 minutes
Course.Drinks
Cuisine.Spanish
Number of servings.2 people
Calories per serving.206 kcal

Equipment

  • muddler

Ingredients

  • 1 apricot, from canned with juices, diced
  • 2 ounce apricot juices, from the can *
  • 4 to 6 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish **
  • 2 ounce orange liqueur, triple sec, Cointreau, Gran Marnier
  • 8 ounce wine, sparkling, ramato or white wine

Instructions

  • In the bottom of a cocktail shaker or small pitcher add one diced apricot half, 2 oz of the canned juice, and 4 to 6 basil leaves. Muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon.
  • Add 1 oz orange liqueur and 8 oz of wine. Stir to combine.
  • Add a few ice cubes to 2 wine glasses. Slice or dice an additional apricot half and divide it between the 2 glasses.
  • Pour the sangria over the ice and garnish with a sprig of basil or a basil leaf.

Notes

*If you plan to make a lot of these, pick up some apricot nectar as you may run out of juice from the can of apricots. You can find small cans of nectar at your grocery sold in 6-packs or individually.
**You can chiffonade or rough chop the basil before muddling. It all depends on your preference − whole leaves or little bits.

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 763IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords.summer, vegetarian
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  1. This is giving me some serious summer vibes! I am totally trying this when the weather gets warmer! I’ve never thought to try peach in a sangria before, either, so this will be a cool twist on the traditional drink.

  2. This was an “immediate pin” situation because WOW this drink sounds phenomenal. My husband and I have been doing a lot of apricots lately and I just know if I were to suggest this to him, he’d be so excited to try. I can’t wait to give it a go sometime soon.