Grapefruit Ginger Sangria

February 13, 2018

Grapefruit ginger sangria is made with bubbly Prosecco, grapefruit juice, and a ginger beer. It’s slightly sweet and bitter. A perfect post dinner summer drink.

Let me take you back in time for a moment, back to the beginning of Mike’s and my relationship. It was maybe our third Valentine’s together. I know you are probably like, “The third? What’s so special about the third?”

Well at that time, I was living alone at school doing a victory lap because, duh, college is awesome. But mostly I was lazy. Ask my Mom some time if you want to hear more about the victory lap.

Living in a single apartment gives you a lot of quiet time. It also gives you a lot of time to rewatch Jackass and every MTV show you were deprived of growing up because you didn’t have cable.

At this time, I was getting really into cooking. I lived alone and didn’t have a meal plan, so what else was I supposed to do? The Food Network was on all the time. I hadn’t deep dived into the drink making portion of cooking yet. I was still rocking out with a Bud Light in my hand.

Mike was coming down to school for a visit to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I decided this was my time to show off my new cooking skills. I planned a menu of seared scallops with bacon, twice baked potatoes, and a creamy artichoke and chicken soup. I had never made any of those things before, ever.

I think the potatoes were ok. The scallops were a little over cooked. And the soup…

I don’t think I ever heard the term roux before. I clearly did not follow instructions. I remember the soup kept separating so I just kept adding in more flour, then more milk, and then more flour. It was this goopy, gummy mess.

Mike ate it. I remember telling him not to eat it. He just smiled and said it wasn’t bad.

Bless his heart. It was awful.

We toasted with some $5 Cook’s champagne and watched The Incredibles because that was the movie we saw on our first date. I am not saying Mike remembers how awful that meal was, but if it was never asked for again, I mean, what is a girl to think? For every Valentine’s after, we either went out or we had heart-shaped pizza.

This year, we seriously have nothing planned. Mike was off from school on Friday due to snow, so we did put the kids to bed earlier and enjoy some of this grapefruit ginger sangria while watching old episodes of Parks and Rec.

And if that is all we do to celebrate the day of love, I am totally ok with it.

Grapefruit Ginger Sangria

Fizzy, slightly tart, and gingery prosecco sangria.


  • 4 Ounces Grand Marnier
  • 1, 25 Ounce Bottle of Prosecco
  • 6 Ounces of Ginger Beer
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • Juice from 2 Large Grapefruits
  • 1 Grapefruit sliced
  • Ice


  1. Add the grapefruit juice and agave to a small measuring cup. Mix to combine so all the agave is dissolved.
  2. Add 3/4 of the sliced grapefruit to a large pitcher. Pour the Grand Marnier, ginger beer, and juice mixture over the fruit. Stir to combine.
  3. Top off with whole bottle of prosecco and crushed ice. Stir and serve right away in glasses with crushed ice and the remaining sliced grapefruit.

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  • Stephie
    February 13, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    So obsessed with grapefruit. And prosecco. So obviously also with this.

    • Stefanie
      February 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Aww you’re the best. I’m glad we share the same obsessions

  • Beth
    February 13, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Sounds delicious! Non- alcoholic or alcoholic ginger beer? Or either?

    • Stefanie
      February 13, 2018 at 10:45 am

      I have actually only ever heard of non-alcoholic so go with that. In the meantime I need to look into that alcoholic version you speak of!

      • Beth
        February 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm

        Crabbies is my brand of choice, made in Scotland…I am in Canada, so no problem to get it here….not sure if US imports it or not.

        • Stefanie
          February 14, 2018 at 8:03 pm

          Ooo I think I have actually seen that before in the stores.