After trying various recipes and peering over bartenders’ shoulders, all the while having nothing tasting exactly how we wanted, we finally stumbled upon the “just right” combination of ingredients in this Classic Sangria recipe. It is the perfect combination of sweet (but not too sweet) and bubbly. It is chock full of wine soaked fruit, and it also packs a punch. It is great for a summer evening or late afternoon cocktail.
- 1 bottle of red wine
- ¼ cup brandy
- ¼ cup orange liqueur (triple sec)
- ½ lime, squeezed
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- ½ orange thinly sliced
- 1 apple, sliced
- Ginger ale
- Mix together red wine, brandy, orange liqueur, lime juice, and orange juice in a large pitcher.
- Slice an orange into thin slices and cut an apple into small bit sized pieces. Add to the sangria. Include other fruit as desired.
- Add a splash of ginger ale to taste, just enough to lighten the drink a little, but not so much that it become too bubbly.
- Refrigerate for a couple of hours, or add ice to each individual drink. May also refrigerate over night, but if so, wait to add the fruit until just before serving.
This is another recipe that you can make your own, but here are a few of my suggestions. Pick a tempranillo for the wine and McIntosh for the apples. Chill before serving, but also add a piece of ice or two to the individual drink. You can also add a fresh splash of ginger ale to each drink just before serving.
Serves: 4 | Total Time: 20 min