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Everyday Food, July/August 2005

This wine punch is just right for summer parties. It's such a crowd-pleaser, you may want to make two batches at a time.

What Is It?
This Spanish drink is basically a blend of wine, fruit, seltzer, and sometimes brandy. There are countless variations; some include fruit-flavored liqueurs; others call for fruit juices. Sangrias are most often made with red wine, but those that are made with white or sparkling wines are very good, too.

Which Wine?
Although sangria was originally made with Rioja wine, you can use just about any dry red wine. Other good choices include Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, and Sangiovese.

Helpful Hints
Chill the bottle of wine thoroughly before using; this will help keep the ice from melting too quickly in the glass and diluting the taste. To allow the flavors to blend, make the punch up to a day ahead of time (and refrigerate), adding seltzer just before serving.

Summer Sangria
4 oranges: 2 juiced, 2 halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brandy
1 bottle dry red wine, chilled
2 lemons, thinly sliced
2 cups seltzer or club soda
Chilled ice cubes, for serving

In a large pitcher, combine orange juice, sugar, and brandy; stir well to dissolve sugar. Add wine, orange slices, lemon slices, and seltzer; stir to combine. Fill glasses with ice before serving. Serves 8.

Comments (3)

  • summerwind 5 Jul, 2008

    Summer Sangria has become my "signature" contribution when we are invited to summer events. It's a great way to serve an inexpensive wine, but it's no so memorable when made with a mediocre wine. Ask your wine shop to offer suggestions for great value wines and experiment!

  • menubia 23 Jun, 2008

    Absolutely fabulous recipe! I made it for the adults that came to my daughter's first birthday party and got rave reviews. This will definitely be a staple at all of our summer parties in the future. Highly recommend it!

  • cmn1976 23 Dec, 2007

    The BEST sangria recipe out there!!!!