How to Make Sangria Margaritas

By Tricia Ballad

Start to Finish: 6 hours

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Servings: 6 to 8

Difficulty: Beginner

Sangria is a Spanish take on classic wine punch. Traditionally, it is made from inexpensive red wine, brandy and fresh fruit. The origins of the margarita cocktail aren't definitive, but the basic ingredients of tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur are. Together, they form a refreshing summer cocktail.

Ingredients

Sangria

  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 2 sweet apples, sliced
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 bottle light red wine, such as Spanish Rioja or Merlot

Margaritas

  • 9 to 12 ounces tequila
  • 3 to 4 ounce orange liqueur
  • 7 to 9 ounces lime juice, divided
  • Ice
  • Kosher salt

Directions

Making the Sangria

Combine the fruit, tequila and orange liqueur in a large pitcher. Pour the wine into the pitcher and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 4 to 6 hours or overnight. This rest period allows the alcohol to extract flavors from the fruit and gives the wine time to mellow.

Making Sangria Margaritas

Rim the glasses: pour 1 ounce of lime juice into a shallow dish or plate that is slightly wider than your margarita glasses. Spread a ring of kosher salt into a second plate or dish. Dip the rim of each margarita glass into the lime juice, then roll the moistened rim in the salt.

Pour 1 to 2 ounces of sangria into each rimmed glass.

Fill a shaker with ice.

For each cocktail, combine 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, 1/2 ounce of orange liqueur and 1 ounce of lime juice in the shaker. Cover securely and shake vigorously. Strain into the rimmed glasses.

Serve garnished with an orange slice.

Variations

If you're pressed for time, use a pre-made bottled sangria. Increase the tequila in each cocktail to 2 ounces and the orange liqueur to 1 ounce.

Make sangria margaritas ahead of time for a party. Prepare the sangria the day before your gathering. Just before the party starts, mix ice, tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice in a second large pitcher. Rim plenty of glasses and let your guests choose between straight sangria, classic margaritas or their own combination of the two.