The best part of making sangria whether it’s red or white is showcasing the beautiful seasonal fruit. This time of year, the fruit options are unlimited with peaches, plums, cherries, and melons ripe for the picking. For my wine choice, I selected a Spanish Rioja which is a blend of grapes varieties. You could use a Grenache, Tempranillo or Pinot Noir, pick something that is big, fruity and you would enjoy drinking on its own. I added thinly sliced citrus, apples, and cherries. It’s best to make the sangria a day ahead so the flavors can meld together. This sangria is a perfect refreshing summer beverage for a backyard (social distancing) party with your friends!
- 1 bottle fruity red wine Grenache, Rioja, Pinot Noir
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 orange thinly sliced
- 1 lemon thinly sliced
- 1 heaping cup seasonal fruit of choice cut into cubes
- ice cubes for serving
- In a large pitcher, mix together the red wine, brandy and maple syrup. Float slices of oranges, lemon, and seasonal fruit. Stir well and refrigerate, overnight if possible, for the best flavor. Serve in glasses filled with ice for a chilled and refreshing drink.