You probably remember I was searching for a sangria recipe when planning our Housewarming Extravaganza. I found two great recipes in my friend Catherine's Williams-Sonoma Cocktails & Appetizers cookbook, for a White Sangria and this traditional Sangria.
The red Sangria is good and a bit easier to prepare than the White Sangria, but honestly I do like the White Sangria best. Most everyone enjoyed both kinds of Sangria.
I made a quadruple batch of this sangria as well. Didn't have room in the refrigerator to chill it for an hour, but since we served it over ice it didn't seem to matter!
Incidentally, this does not keep, even leaving it overnight the citrus was overpowering. Best to drink it within hours of preparation. Follow the link for several similar glass drink dispensers.
Sangria is the beloved Spanish infusion of red wine and fruit. This recipe adds strawberries to the mix. When choosing the wine, look for something dry and of good quality. Choose one you would drink by itself.
1/2 each lemon and orange, sliced and seeded
1/2 apple, cored and sliced
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/4 cup sugar
1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine (we used Black Mountain Merlot)
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 fl. oz) brandy
soda water (we used club soda)
1. Place lemon, orange, apple, strawberries and sugar in a large pitcher.
2. Pour in wine and brandy and stir with a long-handled spoon. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Just before serving, add up to 2 cups soda water. Stir again and serve over ice in tall glasses.