10 August, 2016
Sweet Summer Sangria
Who doesn’t like a little something sweet at the end of the week? A little wine, a little fruit, a little sun — Perfection. Grab a bottle of your favorite red and glam it up a little bit for a pitcher of delight to share with your best friends (or to keep all to yourself; I won’t judge).
1 Bottle sweet/semi-sweet red wine (I’m using Torrey Ridge Blue Sapphire)
1 Apple, diced
1/2 Orange, sliced thin
3/4 cup Orange juice
1/2 cup Brandy
Using a sweet wine cuts out the need to add extra sugar. It’s a matter of preference, but I like it better this way. If you prefer a more traditional method, choose a dry red and add about 4 tbsp of brown sugar.
In a pitcher, muddle the apple and orange (and if you’re going the dry route, the sugar) with a wooden spoon for about a minute before adding the orange juice and the brandy. Muddle for about 30 more seconds.
Pour in the wine and stir gently to combine. If you want to add more orange juice, brandy, or sweeten it with sugar, do that now. Once you’re satisfied with the flavor, add ice to the pitcher, stir, and serve. You can store the leftovers covered in the fridge for about 48 hours, though it’s best served fresh (nobody likes bitter sangrias).
Now, take a sip, kick back, and enjoy the evening sunshine!