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Sweet Valentines Drink...

Lovely Sangria!

Sangria is a Spanish drink from Spain, so a nice Spanish Rioja, such as Tempranillo or Garnacha or even a blend, makes a good choice as the base for red wine sangria. Shiraz or Zinfandel are also nice choices. In essence, you can choose almost any bottle of red wine you like, but it's best to start with a drier one. Here we go with the recipe...

Ingredients


  • 1 standard 750ml bottle of dry Spanish red wine

  • 1 lemon (cut into wedges)

  • 1 orange (cut into wedges)

  • 1/2 medium apple (cored, skin on, chopped into small piece)

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/3 cup brandy (plus more to taste)

  • 2 cups ginger ale

  • Garnish is a must: lemon wheels, orange wheels. You can add almost any fruit you like. Sliced strawberries along with diced peaches and a handful of fresh blueberries practically shout summer. Raspberries with a few slices of kiwi make a nice combination for the red wine as well.

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1. Add the sugar to the pitcher. Squeeze the lemon and orange wedges into the pitcher.

2. Add the wine and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the brandy and stir.

3. Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight to marry the fruit and wine flavors.

4. Add the ginger ale just before you serve it. Garnish with freshly cut lemon or orange wheels along with any additional fruits as stated in the ingredients.

Cheers!







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