Sangria Recipe

1 bottle good red wine – We use a Spanish Rioja (use a fruity wine, not a tannic wine)  Syrah, Shiraz, Pinot Noir are good too.

½ cup brandy

½ cup infused simple syrup (note:  It is better to make a larger quantity so the sliced fruit fits in the pan, but start with half a cup of the finished product first, then add more if you want it sweeter)

2 limes, sliced

2 oranges, sliced

(other fruit slices optional)

Take 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and simmer on low heat with one sliced lime and one sliced orange, until fruit is soft.  Strain infused simple syrup into a bowl or jar.  Discard cooked fruit.  To a large pitcher, add 1/2 cup of simple syrup (save the rest), 4 cups of ice cubes, one bottle red wine, ½ cup of brandy, one fresh lime (sliced) and one fresh orange (sliced) and other fruit you might enjoy (sometimes we add apples, peaches or berries).  Stir and serve over ice.  Garnish glass with fruit slice.

Note:  some people like their Sangria even sweeter;  if you do, add more simple syrup.  Some people like to add lemon/lime soda to add some fizz – I don’t prefer it this way, but feel free.

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