January 23, 2014

homemade sangria recipe



Welcome to my first ever recipe on the blog! I know you might be thinking, "Really, Katelyn? Sangria in the middle of this frigid cold Midwestern winter?" But honestly, yes! I was visiting my best friend, Becky, in Whitewater recently and we decided to make sangria on a whim. We found a basic recipe and toyed with it a little bit and this is what we came up with. It turned out fantastic and would be perfect for a girls' night in, serving at a dinner party, or even for this summer at BBQ's and other outdoor parties.

INGREDIENTS:

1 750-mL bottle of red wine
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup brandy
1 apple, chopped with peel on
1/2 lime, chopped with peel on
1 lemon, chopped with peel on
1 cup club soda

NOTES:

For the red wine, we used Barefoot Red Moscato. We wanted a really fruity sangria and this wine has hints of red cherry, raspberry, and citrus to add to the overall flavor. Also, a bottle was only $8! As for the brandy, we honestly just used the cheapest brandy we could find. While the brandy definitely adds to the flavor and body of the sangria, it's not a very potent taste in the recipe.

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the wine, brandy, and orange juice in a pitcher along with the chopped fruit. Let it sit in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours. (If you need the sangria sooner, we tried squeezing half of the lemon and orange into the mix and letting the other half soak for about 1.5 hours and it tasted the same.) After the fruit has soaked in the mix, add the club soda and serve over ice. Serves about 5-6.

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