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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.
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.