Sparkling Strawberry Champagne Sangria

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Happy Sunday and Happy Galentines!

What a week on the home front! Besides doing content for the blog, I also produce photoshoots and develop recipes for a handful of other publications and this week has just been BUSY. Like I kept asking myself is tomorrow (insert the day I thought it was yesterday). I felt like I was grabbing after the days. I have also been in a mega creative rut lately which I think has something to do with my photoshoot space. It needs one mega clean out and it's getting it this weekend. I hate that I can't work well unless my house is totally clean. I did manage to get this super fun and sparkly sangria recipe that I have been wanting to share since last month finished! It's so pink and so fun!

Do you celebrate Galentines?! I'm really all for any excuse to get your girlfriends together for a night. Especially over some Sparkling Strawberry Champagne Sangria! Valentines Day isn't really too fun to spend by yourself so if you don't have a Valentine I think having a ladies get together is totally necessary and I used to do it myself before Jared and I started dating. This usually consisted of cupcake decorating, cheesy movies and maybe a dinner at home. Basically a glorified sleepover but for a fun reason. Now we have more 'adult' get togethers and have swapped cupcakes with sangria and thats A-okay in my book. 

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Today's sangria recipe is sparkly, pink and everything galentines related. It's an instant mood booster in more ways than one. I love regular wine filled sangria but I am also a HUGE champagne lover. It seems like most people aren't really into it as much as I am but I think it's so fun! Sometimes I'll seriously crack a bottle open for myself on a Saturday night. 

I also love it because theres no wait time! You will just stir together the citrus juices and St. Germain, top it off with a whole bottle of champagne! Normally for traditional sangria there is a little wait time but this pitcher cocktail gets the night going right away! Citrus fruits are in their prime this season and should totally be incorporated into your cocktails for the next few months! 

I'm off for a Sunday at the gym and a whole afternoon of shooting for the afternoon! 

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Sparkling Strawberry Champagne Sangria

1/2 Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
1 Cup of pomegranate juice
1/2 Cup of St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 Cup of vodka  
1 Bottle of pink or regular champagne
1 Cup of grapefruit slices, quartered
2 Cups of sliced strawberries
1/2 Cup of lemon slices
1/2 Cup of pomegranate seeds
Handful of fresh mint leaves

In a large pitcher add all fruits and top with grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, St. Germain, vodka, and mint leaves. Stir mixture well and chill for 10 minutes if some ingredients were not cold. Just before serving add in a bottle of your favorite champagne! Be sure to serve with a large spoon so each glass has a few fruit slices. 

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