A tip for this one is when adding the simple syrup, do it in small increments. How much you use will depend highly on what type of sparkling wine you use as some are much sweeter than others. I personally like a nice asti, but for this sangria, I think a brut is better. It is not nearly as sweet as the asti so you have more control of the overall sweetness of the sangria.
Sparkling White Sangria:
1 375 mL sparkling white wine
1/4 oz. brandy
1/4 oz. orange liqueur
splash of lemon-lime soda (I used sprite)
handful of ice
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
1. Combine sugar and water in a pan over high heat.
2. Cook until sugar is completely dissolved.
3. Store in the fridge until completely chilled. (Note: If the simple syrup is not completely chilled when added to the sangria, it will kill all of the yummy bubbles in the sparkling wine and it will end up flat).
4. Cut lime and orange in half. Set aside one half of each and slice the other.
5. Place one orange slice, one lime slice, and one cherry in each serving glass. Set aside.
6. In a glass pitcher, combine ice, wine, brandy, orange liqueur, lemon-lime soda, the juice from the orange and lime halves, and the remaining orange and lime slices.
7. Add simple syrup in small increments to achieve desired sweetness. (Note: you will not use all of the simple syrup)
8. Stir, pour and chug!
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