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Easy Spanish Sangria

In Spain, sangria isn't fruit salad. It's a simple, summery way to turn ordinary wine into something special. This...

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In Spain, sangria isn't fruit salad. It's a simple, summery way to turn ordinary wine into something special. This is a typical Spanish recipe (though in Spain, lemon juice might take the place of lime).

Notes

Use Rioja crianza or other young Spanish red wine. Blueberries or stemmed and quartered strawberries are optional.

Ingredients

  • 2 Valencia oranges
  • 1 Dash of juice of full lime
  • 1/2 Cup blueberries or stemmed and quartered strawberries (optional)
  • 1/4 Cup superfine sugar
  • 3 Liters Rioja crianza
  • 3/4 Cups Spanish brandy
  • 1/4 Cup triple sec

Directions

Cut the Valencia oranges into 8 thick lengthwise slices. Use the juice of one lime 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.