Quick Sangria

May 24, 2009

Fruity, cool and refreshing.

Get it together (while you still can)…

  • One bottle dry Spanish red wine
  • Brandy
  • Club Soda
  • Simple Syrup (see how to make this at the end of this post)
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Cherries

Cut half of an orange, a lemon and a lime into quarters.


Add citrus, a handful of stemmed cherries and maybe 1/2 cup of simple syrup to a pitcher and muddle, a fancy way to say smash it all up.


Add 1/2 cup or so of Brandy and the wine.


Add ice.


Finish by filling the pitcher with club soda and stir. Be sure to taste it and adjust syrup and brandy to your taste. (You can use Sprite or Ginger Ale instead of club soda.)


Throw some fruit in the glass, add ice, pour and ENJOY!


Simple Syrup

A good way to sweeten sangria, mojitos, iced tea, lemonade, etc. The sugar is already dissolved so there’s no stirring and stirring and stirring trying to get it all mixed. I make up a bunch and store it in the fridge.

Put 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan then add 1 1/2 cups water. Don’t stir.


Heat over medium-high heat, without stirring, until it comes to a boil and sugar is dissolved. Don’t let it cook too long or it’ll turn brown and you’ll have caramel! Remove from heat, let it cool a bit and pour into a glass jar. It keeps for a good long time in the fridge.
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