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Thursday, July 10, 2008

sweet sangria

Sangria is a Spanish party punch comprised of wine, fruit juice, spirits, and soda water. The beverage's name is inspired by its deep red color; sangria is a derivative of the Spanish "sangre" meaning "blood." Because it is iced, fruity, and highly alcoholic, it is the perfect drink for a summer party with friends. I know I have a few good stories that begin with a pitcher of sangria from Barcelona to Memphis, Tennessee... The amount of sugar used depends on the characteristics of the chosen red wine and personal preference. I recommend using diet soda to minimize the sweetness of the drink. Bottoms up!

1 750-mL bottle of dry red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, or Shiraz)
1 1/2 cups Fresca or other diet lemon-lime soda
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
2-3 limes, cut into 16 slices
2 lemons, cut into 16 slices
1 large orange, cut into 8 slices
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur
2 tablespoons grenadine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Ice cubes
Red wine glasses

In a large pitcher, stir together wine, soda, orange juice, 8 lime slices, 8 lemon slices, 8 orange slices, brandy, sugar, grenadine, lemon juice, and lime juice. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Fill glasses with ice cubes. Divide sangria among glasses and garnish with remaining lemon and lime slices. Serves 8.

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