Cherry-flavored soda puts a Southern spin on this classic Spanish cocktail.While on tour in 2017, I ate my weight at an excellent Spanish tapas joint in Durham, N.C. called Mateo. I washed it all down with a couple of pitchers of Cheerwine Sangria, which is one of those ideas that’s so brilliant that it actually hurts me to not have thought of it. While I respect them far too much to actually ask for the recipe, that doesn’t stop me from trying to hack it from memory. I think this gets pretty darned close. Of course, you can and should use fresh fruit as desired and as is available, but I wanted to start from a democratic baseline, so I went with frozen fruit, which I always have on hand. As for the wine part, any Spanish blend will do, but Rioja is especially appropriate. For those not in the know, Cheerwine is a wild cherry-flavored cola out of Salisbury, N.C. It used to only be available in the South, but it’s slowly spreading due to the interest in heritage soda pops. If you can’t find it locally consider ordering online. Do not…I repeat, do not use cherry Coke.Drink responsibly, of course, which means, hide the car keys. This recipe first appeared on altonbrown.com.