Depending on the ingredients, sangria can be a light thirst-quencher or a potent cocktail that can set heads spinning. Brandy, gin or vodka are likely to find their way into a sangria along with wine. This delicious, bubbly mix combines Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine with orange liqueur, brandy and citrus.
Simple syrup, also known as sugar syrup, can be made in a variety of thicknesses for a variety of uses. The solution of sugar and water is cooked over low heat until clear, then boiled for a minute or so. For thin syrup, use 3 parts water to 1 part sugar; for medium, use 2 parts water to 1 part sugar; and for heavy, use equal parts water and sugar. For this recipe, a medium consistency will work fine.
- 1/2 of a 750-milliliter bottle of Cava sparkling wine, such as Freixenet semi-sec sparkling wine
- 7 Ounces lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite
- 3/4 Ounces simple syrup (see notes)
- 1 1/4 Ounce orange liqueur, such as Gran Torres Orange Liqueur
- 1 1/4 Ounce brandy, such as Tres Torres Brandy
- 2 orange quarters
- 2 lime quarters
- Citrus slices and cherries, for garnish (optional)
Step 1: In a large pitcher, mix 1/2 of a 750-milliliter bottle of sparkling wine, 7 ounces lemon-lime soda, 3/4 ounce simple syrup, 1 1/4 ounce orange liqueur, 1 1/4 ounce brandy, 2 orange quarters and 2 lime quarters.
Step 2: Pour into glasses. Garnish with citrus slices and cherries, if desired.