Good sangria is not to be confused with the mouth-puckering red wine and chopped fruit concoction you get at art galleries and office parties. At its best, sangria is a perfect balance of inexpensive -- but drinkable -- dry red wine, fruity liqueur, brandy, juice, sliced fruit, and soda (if you like bubbles).
- 1 bottle dry red wine (zinfandel or Tempranillo)
- 2 tbsp. brandy
- 1 tbsp. curacao
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 4 tbsp. lemon juice
- Club soda (optional)
- Superfine sugar (optional)
- Lemons and oranges, sliced into half moons
Chill all ingredients. Combine red wine, brandy, curacao, and juice in a large pitcher. Add sweetened juice to the wine mixture and stir until thoroughly blended. Refrigerate sangria until chilled, about 20 minutes. Serve with a splash of club soda and garnish with fruit slices.
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