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Red Sangria Recipe: Cheers to Drink Wine Day!

By kathypatalsky |

red sangria

Red Sangria

Here’s my fun Red Sangria Recipe in honor of Drink Wine Day! ..really, today is actually, officially Drink Wine Day..

Yup, apparently February 18th is National Drink Wine Day, so why not cheers to that with a tall frosty glass of red sangria! This fresh and fruity red sangria recipe is a perfect party recipe for a lively group or an intimate “party of two” date night.

Fresh oranges, apples and limes accent this somewhat classic recipe – but it has a sweet-fizzy twist! Get it..

I adore this recipe. And I am somewhat of a sangria connoisseur. That is, if you define a connoisseur by how much of something someone drinks. Sangria is my drink of choice quite often. I love the fresh, fruity, bittersweet flavors.

Here are a few of my sangria tricks:

* Frozen Fruit. I love to add frozen fruit – usually blueberries or strawberries to my sangria. It adds a gentle fruity accent and helps to chill the sangria down quickly. Plus it chills the drink without watering it down the way ice can.
* Lots of Fruit! If you want good sangria you have to use good fruit. I never skimp on the quality of fruit I add to this recipe.
* Wine I’d Drink on it’s Own. I never use super “cheap” wine in sangria – even though most people find that perfectly fine. I simply find that a good bottle of wine really does make a truly premium sangria. The same goes for the brandy. Just because sangria is considered a “mish-mash” recipe, you don’t have to skimp on quality.
* Fizzy Accent! I have to add something fizzy to my sangria. Sometimes I’ll add champagne if I have some on hand – but mostly I add ginger ale. I love the spicy flavor it adds.

Fizzy Fruity Red Sangria
makes one big pitcher

1 bottle of red wine (something fruity that you would drink on its own.)
2 large tangerines (or juicy/sweet oranges), juiced
1/2 orange, sliced into thin rounds
1/2 orange, peeled and diced into chunks
1-2 limes, juiced (slice a few lime rounds into the pitcher as well)
1 small green apple, diced thin
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 shots of brandy, high quality
1/2 cup concord grape or pomegranate juice, organic
1 cup fizzy sweet ginger ale (high quality brew)

Directions:

1. Prep all your fruit. Place in a large glass pitcher.

2. Juice your tangerines and lime. Add this juice to the pitcher.

3. Add your brandy. Next, do a swift swirling of the fruit and brandy. This will help the break up the fruit flesh and release those yummy fruit essences.

4. Add the wine and remaining fruit juice to the pitcher. Add in the frozen blueberries – this will help chill your sangria without watering it down. Stir well.

5. Add the ginger ale, or you can top off each poured glass with a bit of it, whatever you prefer.

6. Allow your sangria to chill in the fridge for at least a half hour. The sangria fruit flavors will expand and increase as the fruit marinates with the wine.

Serve: a few ice cubes and fruit in each glass and 2 thin straws.. Straws are a must. How else can you pick up that yummy fruit to eat. To me, straws are like sangria fruit chopsticks.

Want White Sangria?? Try my White Fruity Fizz Sangria Recipe..(pictured below)

white sangria

White Sangria

Or stick with red..

red sangria

Red Sangria

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Kathy Patalsky is a blogger, author and photographer. Her website www.Healthy-Happy-Life.com features creative vegan recipes. She is the author of 365 Vegan Smoothies (Spring 2013). She is also the founder of FindingVegan.com.

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