Simple Sangria

more-food-008I love what I call “pitcher drinks”.  At parties, I much prefer to have a special drink all mixed and ready for my guests, rather than having the clutter of an entire bar of bottles, mixers, garnishes, etc.  This way I can theme my drinks depending on what I’m serving—- mimosas or Bellinis at brunch, flavored martinis for cocktail hour, or sangria for a Spanish-themed menu. 

I’ve tried many versions of sangria, but find many of them too sweet.  I’ve also experimented with various combinations of fruit, different types of wine and “con gas” or “sin gas” (with or without fizz).   The version I end up making usually depends on the season.  In winter I’ll stick to citrus fruits, apples and pears, while in warmer weather I’ll toss in peaches, berries, and maybe some grapes. While I prefer a “straight up” sangria in the winter (without seltzer), come summertime I like how seltzer lightens up the entire drink and gives it a refreshing zip.  One thing that remains constant, however, is the wine.  Don’t bother with anything expensive…basic, red table wine is best.  This was actually confirmed by my favorite go-to cooks resource, Cooks Illustrated magazine, which found that cheaper wines actually made for better sangria.

This is my most stripped down, basic sangria recipe, which can be embellished upon depending on what fruit is in season.  Ole! 

Simple Sangria

Serves 4-6

1 750 ml bottle inexpensive, fruity red wine

1 orange, halved and sliced

1 lemon or lime,   halved and sliced

1 apple, sliced into half-moon shapes

1/4 cup sugar

1 liter flavored seltzer (I like lemon or lime)

Add the sliced fruit and sugar to a large pitcher.  Mix together with a wooden spoon until sugar begins to dissolve.  Add red wine and place in refrigerator for at least a few hours, or up to 8 hours.  Stir occasionally.

Right before serving, add seltzer and some ice cubes.  Serve cold.

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2 Responses to “Simple Sangria”

  1. Jenn Record Says:

    hey Tracy…stupid question…1/4 sugar..cup? T?

  2. Tracy Says:

    Oops! Not stupid at all— a typo! Made the correction in the recipe, yes, 1/4 CUP. Thx for pointing it out!! 🙂

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