Red Wine Sangria

Summertime is sangria time. Simple as that. Sangria is definitely one of my favorite warm weather drinks, and I've made another version here on the blog as well. This recipe can serve as just a base, and really can be experimented with in tons of ways! Using lots of different citrus, other fruit (think pomegranates, blackberries, plums, peaches, apricots, even cherries!), different spices or sugars in the simple syrup.. and more. It's a really fun way to personalize your Sunday Funday cocktails, and is the perfect accompaniment to a lazy sunny afternoon in your backyard.

Ingredients
  • 1 bottle good red (I used a rioja)
  • 1/2 C brandy
  • 1/2 C simple syrup (see below)
  • about 8 oz (1 can, essentially) soda water - I had pomegranate seltzer on hand and that worked perfectly!
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1/2 C fresh raspberries
  • 1 lime, cut up
  • 1 orange, cut up
For the Simple Syrup:
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C water
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick
Instructions
Simple Syrup
  • In a small sauce pot, combine all ingredients for the syrup and heat on medium-low until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Strain out the zest and cinnamon stick and set aside to cool.
Sangria:
  • In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients, stir and set in fridge for at least an hour to meld and cool completely.
  • Server over lots of ice, with a splash of seltzer to finish!

Enjoy!
~K