This past Fourth of July weekend I was on the quest for the perfect Sangria. I was home in California and set out on this mission with one of my oldest cooking buddies and our cooking mentors, our mothers. I think by the end of the evening a lot of Sangria was tested and a lot was learned.
First and foremost more fruit is not always the best option. Give time to let all the flavors blend together. Sometimes there is no need to mess around with a classic!
Sangria I think is the perfect drink to serve to a large group great for entertaining. Large quantities can be made in advance and you can use cheap wines.
Sangrias made: Sparkling Sangria, Citrus Sangria, Nectarine and Blueberry Sangria, Peach Sangria, and Classic Sangria.
1/2 Cup of Cubed pieces of an Orange
1/2 Cup of Cubed pieces of an Lemon
1/2 Cup of Cubed pieces of an Lime
1/2 Cup of Cubed pieces of an Apple
1/2 Cup of Cognac
1 Cup of Citrus Simple Syrup
3 Cup to 1 Bottle of Red Wine
1 12 oz. Bottle of Lemon Lime Seltzer Water
In a Pitcher mix all ingredients together except the seltzer water. Let stand for at least three hours in a refrigerator. Before serving mix the seltzer water and serve Sangria over a glass of filled with ice.