Fruit Cocktail


Making sangria may take more effort than icing down a cerveza, but this sweet-tart version of the ultimate summer drink will be as memorable as a Barcelona sunset. (Well, almost.)


  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 whole vanilla bean, halved and scraped

  • 5 stalks rhubarb, 4 coarsely chopped, 1 cut into ¼-inch slices

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved

  • 4 ounces brandy

  • 1 bottle sparkling rose

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar

  • 2 limes, juiced


  1. In a saucepan, combine granulated sugar, 1 cup water, and the vanilla bean. Simmer until sugar dissolves, turn off heat, and add chopped rhubarb. Cover for 5 minutes. Break up rhubarb with a spoon and set aside for 30 minutes, then strain.

  2. Crush 12 berries into the brandy in a bowl; let sit for 30 minutes. Strain. Combine brandy mixture, rose, red wine, superfine sugar, lime juice, and the rhubarb syrup in a pitcher, and stir in rhubarb slices and rest of strawberries.

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