I might just have the perfect autumn drink for you.
It’s perfectly fruity, refreshing, and light. But what makes it the very best…?
Three special ingredients…
- Orange Blossom Water (OBW)
- Baby Arugula
- Honey Sticks
All of these ingredients seriously sets this recipe apart!!!!
When I was testing out this recipe in early August, I had just finished working with OBW for my Baklava Cups. Trying to think of ways I could make my sangria unique, I decided to add a splash. I was so pleased with the results!! It made this drink soooo delicious! The orange blossom water adds a slightly floral flavor and pairs PERFECTLY with the fruit. It’s a must!
Let’s talk about the arugula.
The arugula was not part of my original recipe. I actually added it the photos at the last minute once I realized it needed a garnish. The only thing green in my fridge was baby arugula, but since I love the stuff, I gave it a try. It looked really beautiful, but didn’t change the flavor too much, so I tried crushing it at the bottom of the glass. That did it!! It worked perfectly and totally balanced out all the flavors!!!!
Last but not least, the honey sticks. These add a touch of sweetness to each glass and makes the presentation so festive! You can use different flavored honey sticks, you can even cut them in half for shorter glasses. And if you don’t want the added sweetness, don’t cut them open at all, simply use them to stir and muddle your drink!
The result? A wonderfully fruity, floral, and beautiful sangria with a subtle peppery boost of arugula!
A TOTAL WINNER!
- Baby arugula, desired amount
- 1 bottle Moscato (I used Bartenura)
- 1½ cups pomegranate juice
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ½ cup sparkling water
- 1½ teaspoons orange blossom water
- 1 navel orange, sliced
- 2 lemons, sliced
- Pomegranate arils, desired amount
- Honey Sticks
- In a large pitcher, add the arugula and crush with a wooden spoon. Stir in the wine, juices, sparkling water and orange blossom water. Add in the fresh fruit and refrigerate until ready to serve. Place the honey sticks in each glass before serving.
I like to place an orange slice on the inside of the glass and then add the sangria and fruit on top.