Sweet and tarty red wine blended with brandy, juice and fresh fruit.
Wow. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything on my blog, since September 4th, 2017 to be exact! This blog was never intended as a money maker or a space for fancy food pics… just a gathering spot of some of my favorite things to eat and drink – a place where my kiddo’s, friends and family can find yummy things that I’ve made while they were growing up or while hosting get together’s, and thank goodness right?! Life seems to have a funny way of getting in the way of things you really enjoy doing sometimes, and this blog is something I love doing and just failed at doing for a while now, but I’m back and this is the perfect drink to celebrate with 🙂
Classic red sangria, a traditional Spanish drink with loads of fresh cut fruit and an extra kick of flavored brandy, a total summer drink, why I wonder? It’s refreshing, citrusy, and packs a punch that will catch up with you if you’re not careful – sweet yet tangy and perfect after a hot day working in the yard or just to sip on next to the pool, that’s why, but feel inclined to drink this year round too, maybe I’ll start!
The best and worst part of this sangria… the wait! This is better if you let it sit over night, it is good after a couple hours, but an overnight sit in the fridge really lets the juices from the fruit seep into the wine. Experiment with your fruit – but I usually use citrus and toss in a dozen or so maraschino cherries and some juice from the jar, whatever you decide to add, I’m sure it will be fantastic and the possibilities are really endless, so sip away and enjoy.
- 2 – 750 ml bottles of red wine (or use 1 – 1.5 liter bottle)
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup apricot brandy
- 1 each – orange, lemon & lime, sliced
- 12 maraschino cherries
- ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice (from the jar)
- Toss everything into a 3 quart pitcher and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight will be better (if you can make it that long!)
- Serve over ice and enjoy
- I use an inexpensive red wine – usually a Cabernet or Merlot.
- Blackberry brandy is good in this too but sometimes hard to find.