In the middle of a hot summer day, there are few drinks more refreshing than sangria. Sangria is a traditional Spanish drink is made by infusing red or white wine with assorted chopped fruits and their juices. It also commonly has sparkling water and some type of liquor, such as brandy or cointreau, in it. Of course, as with most traditional recipes, this one has been reincarnated in so many different ways it's really difficult to say which ingredients are traditional and which are not. Here, I present a very basic and simple recipe. One of the nice things about this recipe is that it works just as well with red wine as it does with white wine. What you use really depends upon your own preference. I would choose different fruits based on the type of wine I am using. Heartier fruits work better in red sangria and those that are more delicate are delicious in the white variety.
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1 bottle of full-bodied red or white wine
2 teaspoons sugar (or to taste)
3 tablespoons cointreau, triple sec or other orange-flavored liquor
3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lime juice
assorted fruits
1 cup club soda or sparkling water

Cooking Instructions

Mix together the wine, sugar, orange-flavored liquor, orange juice, and lime juice in a large pitcher. Cut the fruit into bite-sized pieces (or slices if you are using citrus fruits) and add to the wine mixture. Refrigerate for several hours (best for red sangria) or overnight (best for white sangria) so that the wine is fully infused with the flavors of the fruit.

Just before serving, add the sparkling water. Serve in large glasses over ice. Garnish the glasses with more fruit if desired.

Makes 4 to 6 drinks



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For red sangria, I like to use hearty fruits such as apples, sliced oranges or limes, pears, or even nectarines or peaches. For white sangria, try more subtle and elegant fruits including grapes, pears, and lemons, or tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, and star fruit.

The flavors in this drink really develop if left to to marinate several hours to overnight. Sometimes, however, depending of the type of fruit you use, it can start to deteriorate. If this happens, strain the sangria and add freshly chopped fruit about an hour or so before serving. That will give it enough time to marinate but the fruit will still look fresh.

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