This easy Single-Serving Sangria recipe is the perfect cocktail all spring and summer long. That’s why we call it Swimming Pool Sangria! It’s mixed simply right in the wine glass.
I use a medium-bodied red blend or a fruit-forward Zinfandel to make this cocktail, because it doesn’t have the benefit of hanging out in a pitcher with a bunch of fruit like traditional sangrias do. Merlot would also work well here. The flavors of both Merlot and Zinfandel blend well in recipes without fading into the background. You’ll find the same wine selections in my Red Wine Hot Chocolate recipe, which I think you should definitely make in colder months. Just saying.
You’ll notice I’m not adding any additional liquor beyond the Grand Marnier. That’s for two reasons: I like the taste of wine and I’m not trying to get gassed-out-of-my-mind on two of these. I’ve already told you my friends and I drink them in swimming pool. Safety first.
Could you use Triple Sec or another orange liqueur? Sure, although I think Grand Marnier adds a little something more since it’s cognac-based. You can also squeeze all the juice of the orange in the glass and not throw the slice in. When I have lots of fresh berries, that’s usually what I do.
Give this single-serving sangria a try, and mix a glassful up for a friend too, swimming optional.
Then try these other awesomely easy wine cocktails: Cranberry Rosé (3 ingredients!), Pineapple Rosemary Crush, & this Raspberry Port Sparkler on my friend Meg’s website. I’ve written a few wine cocktail recipes for California Wines over the years, and Meg took the photos. Best. Collaboration. Ever.
Easy Single-Serving Sangria
- 1 orange
- 6 - 8 ounces red wine I use a blend or Zinfandel
- 1 ounce Grand Marnier
- club soda or lemon-lime soda, if you like more sugar
- strawberry, mixed berries or other fruit garnish
- Fill a large wine glass or tumbler with ice.
- Slice the orange in half, and then cut one slice off to drop into the cocktail (you might need to cut the slice in half). Squeeze the juice from one of the orange halves over the ice, reserving the other half for your next cocktail.
- Add the wine to the juice and ice, and top the glass off with club soda. Give all that goodness a quick stir.
- Top with a strawberry, a straw, and a relaxed attitude - any day with Swimming Pool Sangria is a good day.
Photos: Jenny M. Diaz
Get yourself some snacks, a bottle opener, a glass and some ice. Party for one.