Sangria is not only my favorite summer punch, it’s probably the simplest to make, and now that I think of it, the cheapest as well. And there’s never been a more food friendly quaff.
Red Wine Sangria
- 2 cups sliced fruit (any combination of apples, pears, strawberries and plums)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup brandy
- 2 bottles red wine (preferably Rioja or Grenache blend (see note))
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda
- Place the fruit, sugar and brandy in a 2 to 3 quart pitcher and stir to combine. Set in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours.
- When you’re ready to serve, add the wine, orange juice and lemon-lime soda, and stir to combine, then pour over ice and garnish with more fruit if desired.
Grenache is one of the most plentiful grapes of the wine world, but due to some specific lacking (acidity for one) it’s rarely bottled on it’s own, but rather blended. Many wines from the Southern Rhone employ high percentages of Grenache as do others from Spain. Increasingly you see it in wines called GSMs or Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blends.