How to Make Sangria

Sangria contains elements for booze lovers of all kinds

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Here’s another classic brunch cocktail.

Fall is a great time of the year for many reasons. The temperature is cooling down, it’s boot season, you can snuggle by the fire, and indoor brunch parties are in full swing.

Brunch is the perfect time to meet up with old friends, dig into a hearty meal, and drink your day away. A mimosa or a spicy Bloody Mary is a nice place to start, but making a batch of sangria will please everyone.

Even if you have the perfect Bloody Mary recipe, not everyone likes the texture of the drink. Sangria is perfect for everyone because it’s sweet, tasty, refreshing, and versatile. The added fruit in sangria makes it a replenishing choice, and the wide range of wines that you can use offers endless opportunities to drink up! No matter what mood you’re in, making your own sangria will never fail. Here’s basic ingredients you will need to get started: 2  Valencia oranges, 1 dash of  juice of full lime, 1/2 cup of blueberries or stemmed and quartered strawberries (optional), 1/4 cup of  superfine sugar, 3 liters of Rioja crianza, 3/4  cups of Spanish brandy, and 1/4 cup of triple sec.

Here’s how you make sangria: First, cut the Valencia oranges into 8 thick lengthwise slices. Use the juice of one lime and toss the oranges, lime juice, blueberries or strawberries (if using), and sugar together in a bowl and let them macerate for 30 minutes. Transfer the fruit to a 3-quart pitcher and pour in the red wine, brandy, and triple sec. Stir well, then add enough ice to fill the pitcher almost full. Serve in wine glasses or tumblers, making sure each serving has a few pieces of fruit.

Click here for the full recipe on how to make your own sangria.

The accompanying slideshow is provided by Juliet Tierney.