Note: (I use the $2 bottle of Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon, a.k.a. 2 Buck Chuck, from Trader Joes, and it’s PERFECT! No need to spend a lot of $$ – table wine is just fine!)
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup triple sec
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed juice is even tastier!)
1/2 cup simple syrup, or more to taste (equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves, cooled)
1/2 orange, cut into thin slices
1 apple, cut into thin slices
Optional: 1/2 mango, cut into small cubes
(I think this is a fun variation, but you will get a fabulous end result with or without the mango!)
Optional: 1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling water, chilled, to be used only at time of serving
Mix all ingredients together and let stand in a tightly sealed container or pitcher (plastic or glass, doesn’t matter) for at least 24 hours (but no more than 48 hours) in the refrigerator before serving.
Before you serve, taste the sangria and adjust sweetness to your desired taste (feel free to add more simple syrup at this point!). I usually like my sangria on the sweeter side, so I always do this step!
When ready to serve, fill glass with ice and pour! Feel free to add some chilled sparkling water to your glass if you desire to make it a bubbly sangria!
FOOD PAIRING: Pairs beautifully with good company 😉 This drink is also fabulous with something salty – I recommend the traditional tortilla chips and guacamole to round out the experience! 🙂