Red Sangria

The first time I had sangria was many years ago on New Year’s Day. A group of friends decided to go to a local tapas restaurant that was running a special brunch that day. We showed up in our pajamas to receive half-off sangrias and a gift card toward a future purchase. It was actually a pretty good deal for the money. Needless to say, I conducted my fair share of sangria “research” that day.

I always thought sangria was a mystical potion that required a wand and caldron to prepare. Then I discovered it’s really easy and can be a wonderful party beverage. I like to slice up the fruits into a tray for my guests to customize their own beverage. It’s always been a big hit. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the wine soaked fruit when the last drop is poured. Delish!

Red Sangria
1 lime
1 lemon
1 orange
2 Gala apples
1 cup red grapes
1 ¼ cup club soda
½ cup brandy
1 bottle dry red wine (I used Zinfandel)

Slice the lime, lemon and orange into quarter thick slices. Cut the apple into wedges and remove the core. Slice the grapes in half. Place all of the ingredients into a large clear pitcher including the club soda, brandy and red wine. Stir gently until well combined. Serve chilled over ice.

Authors Note: You can use any kind of fruit you would like including peaches, grapefruit, kiwi and pears. I used what I thought would work best from my fridge.

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