In our home, the holidays are all about family, about coming together to
celebrate our blessings and have fun. We're a global bunch and people travel
from all over to gather at our house. There's lots of laughter and an excess of
delicious foods. But the star of the evening is my Mom's sangria.
- 1 bottle of your favorite red wine
- 2 oranges
- 2 apples
- 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1/2 a liter of Sprite or Seven Up
Begin with a bottle of wine. I prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon, but you can choose
your favorite red. Hint: The wine doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, just
full-bodied and delicious.
Next, slice oranges into thin wheels and cut up a couple of tart apples into
small, square pieces. I use a red and a green apple to add variety to the
flavors. Set the oranges aside and marinate the apples in a half a cup of wine.
You can prepare the fruit early and keep it fresh and cold in the refrigerator.
When you are ready to serve, pour the reminder of the wine into your favorite
festive pitcher and add two cups of cold Sprite or Seven Up. Hint: You can
adjust the alcohol level by playing with the wine to fizz ratio. Testing this
ratio is half the fun. :-)
Add a half tablespoon of sugar and mix well. Taste. Add more sugar if you like
your cocktails sweet. Reduce the sugar amount by half if you're like me and
prefer less sweetness in your sangria.
Add orange slices and marinated apples. Add a few squirts of fresh lemon. Serve
over ice if you like your cocktails fizzy and cold like I do. Make sure everyone
gets apples and oranges in their glass. Garnish with orange wheels.
- Lots of love.
- Your family crowding the kitchen.
- Your honey nearby.
- Tons of laughter.
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