Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Sangria

Many years ago I made sangria from scratch, but for some reason I hadn't made it since. I'm not sure why since it's easy to prepare, delicious on a hot summer day, and to be honest, store-bought sangria is usually a little disappointing. Originating from Spain, sangria traditionally uses red wine, but there are variations that use white wine. Brandy, fresh fruit, sugar and seltzer are added to the wine and the mixture is chilled to make a refreshing drink. Some recipes also use fruit juice or liqueurs. The fruits can be anything from lemons and oranges to peaches, grapes, raspberries or plums. Here I've combined lemon, orange and apple with Cabernet Sauvignon.


In a large pitcher, combine the juice of two oranges with 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar. Add 1/4 cup brandy and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Add one bottle of dry red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel or Merlot). Halve and thinly slice two oranges (remove seeds). Cut ends off one lemon and thinly slice (remove seeds). Cut one Red Delicious apple into quarters, core and thinly slice. Add apple, orange and lemon slices to wine mixture. Cover and chill a couple of hours. Just before serving, add 1 to 2 cups of chilled seltzer and stir to combine. Serve over ice and enjoy! 

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