Raspberry Lime Tequila Sangria


Happy freakin' Friday everyone! I don't know about you guys, but this has been the longest short week ever. And I'm not sure whether it's because I'm staying sober this whole week leading up to the marathon or because of all the crazy stress from work and school, but I can't stop thinking about drinks to make for my post-race celebration! 

Ryan and I and a few friends had a picnic in Balboa Park this past weekend and it gave me an excuse to test drive a Pin that I've had my eye on for a while: a really simple recipe for an absolutely delicious Raspberry Lime Tequila Sangria that was originally on the Hopeless Domestic blog. This sangria was so refreshing and tasty for our summer afternoon and I can't wait to make it again. Here's the recipe with a few of my minor updates to the ingredients and the original directions from HD:

  • 2 oranges 
  • 3 limes 
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 1lb or 6 cups ice 
  • 1 (10 or 12oz) bag frozen sweetened raspberries 
  • 1 cup silver tequila 
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec 
  • 1 750 ml bottle of champagne  
  • 2 20oz bottles or 6 cups of lemon-lime soda

1. Juice one orange and two limes to measure 1/4 cup juice each. Combine juices and sugar in a microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Thinly slice remaining orange and lime.
2. Add ice, juice mixture, orange and lime slices, raspberries, tequila and triple sec in a pitcher and stir. Add champagne and soda, stir gently and serve.

Some notes: 
  • If you don't already have one, pick up a lime squeezer and an orange juicer or citrus reamer. So much easier than hand-squeezing the juice out!
  • This filled a 142oz beverage dispenser for us, so the serving size is a little over 10 Solo cups worth. :) 
  • But, don't make the mistake that I did and put this in a cheap beverage dispenser. There's a lot of raspberries inside that will clog the spigot if it's not big enough. However, a gallon pitcher will be slightly too small for this recipe, so if you do make this in a beverage dispenser, be sure to have a ladle or a way to pour this out of the top as a backup. 
  • For tequila, I used Peligroso Silver and for the champagne, I used Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee. 
  • I used regular Sprite in the one we drank and it was great. But with all the sugar in this recipe, it would probably be healthier to use Sprite Zero next time. 
  • All told, this sangria takes about 15 minutes to make. That said, make it as close to serving as possible. Otherwise you'll lose the carbonation after an hour or two and that's the best part!