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Happy Hour: Red Wine Sangria

Sangria is a classic Spanish beverage that incorporates inexpensive dry red wine with fresh fruit. A splash of brandy and triple sec give it a delicious depth of flavor while sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness. Easily make it your own using your favorite fruit, or try making it with white wine. Perfect for a crowd, a pitcher-worth can (and should) be made hours in advance—it only gets better and better with time.

RECIPE: Sangria

Yields: 1 Pitcher


· 1 bottle of dry red wine (We like Pinot Noir)

· 1/4 cup brandy

· 1/4 cup Triple Sec (or any orange-flavored liqueur)

· 1/4 freshly squeezed orange juice

· 1 tablespoon white sugar

· Sliced green apples, yellow nectarines, raspberries, oranges, lemons, tossed with freshly squeezed lemon juice to keep from browning

· Sparkling water (to taste)

· For garnishing: 1 lemon, and a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves


1. Mix the bottle of wine, brandy, Triple Sec, sugar, and orange juice in a pitcher.

2. Slice the fruit as thinly as possible, being careful to avoid any seeds.

3. Allow the drink and fruit to sit in the refrigerator for as long as possible. The flavors of the fruit will mix with the wine and deepen the flavor.

4. To serve: Use a slotted spoon to hold back the fruit as you serve the drink. To give your drink some fizz, pour a few ounces of sparkling water on top. Use the spoon to add fruit to the drink if desired.

Recipe from Susan Spungen’s What’s a Hostess To Do? via Smitten Kitchen

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