Excellent Sangria

 

This recipe for sangria needs to be prepared the day before you want to serve it.  The long steeping of the citrus fruit makes an excellent syrup that enhances the flavor of this drink.

 

1/2
cup granulated sugar
1/2
cup water
1
lemon, thinly sliced
1
orange, thinly sliced
1
lime, thinly sliced
1
750 ml. bottle dry red wine, chilled
1/4
cup brandy
1 1/2
cups club soda, chilled (12-ounce can)

 

 

The day before serving the sangria, in a small saucepan, stir the sugar and water over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is boiling.  Stop stirring and boil for 1 minute.  Transfer the syrup to a medium bowl and cool completely.

 

Add the lemon, orange and lime slices and mix well.  Cover and refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally.

 

In a large pitcher, stir the fruits with the syrup, wine, and brandy.  Add about 2 handfuls of ice cubes, and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to 4 hours.

 

When ready to serve, add the club soda.  Pour into large wine glasses, spooning some of the fruit into each glass.  Makes 8 servings.