Red Wine Sangria is a beverage you can serve anytime of year, but is especially appropriate for the fall and winter seasons. Any type of fruits, with a combination of citrus, can be used depending upon what is readily available at the market. This festive drink stretches your budget too, since you’ll use much less wine than when serving wine by the glass.
Here’s an easy recipe that can be prepared about an hour before the party begins. Place the sangria in a large punch bowl or pretty pitcher (such as the one here From Spain, Inc.) for serving.
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
Combine the sugar and water in a pan, and cook over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Hint: Make a larger batch and store in the refrigerator for several weeks.
Red Wine Sangria:
1 c. Simple Syrup (recipe above)
2 cups orange juice (pulp-free)
1/4 c. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 c. Triple Sec
1/4 c. Brandy
1 1/2 bottles of dry red wine (I prefer to use a Spanish red wine)
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and quartered
1 pear, cored and cut into wedges
1 large navel orange, cut in half and sliced into thin disks
2 plums, quartered
1 lemon, halved and sliced into thin disks
1 lime, halved and sliced into thin disks
2 cups club soda, chilled.
1. Cut the fruit and place in a punch bowl.
2. Pour the Triple Sec and wine in the bowl.
3. Add the juices and simple syrup.
4. Stir well, and chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
5. Add ice before serving.
6. Add soda and stir well.
7. Pour, or ladle, sangria into wine glasses.
8. Enjoy the party!
From Spain, Inc. is located in Stamford, CT, and offers a variety of Sangria pitchers and other beautiful Spanish tableware. This pitcher can be purchased online (approximately $76/each.)