I am pleased to announce that after careful evaluation of various poolside cocktails, I hereby declare sangria “the best of the best.”
Now before you get all up in arms arguing for your gin & tonic, you should really hear me out. Reflect on the following factors:
- Does sangria taste good? Obviously.
- Is the alcohol content higher than my SPF? Chances are good.
- Can I feel myself getting drunk? Absolutely not.
- Can I explain this to children as fruit juice for mommies? Absolutely.
Put away your protesting pitchforks, folks. I think we have a clear winner.
I made a modified version of this recipe for my friends to enjoy on my birthday, using less sugar and sparkling water. let it soak overnight, and the fruit turned out a deep, beautiful red. I’m pretty sure I could have gotten wasted off the apples alone. Which may be the reason everyone loved it so much. Even quadrupling the recipe, it was gone before the cake came out.
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup orange flavored liqueur
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/8 cup sugar
1/2 orange, thinly sliced
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
1 unwaxed apple, cored, and cut into thin wedges
1/2 (750-ml) bottle sparkling water, chilled - Use as little as 1/2 the botle or as much as 2/3, depending on your preference. Personally, I think using the whole bottle as called for in the original recipe dilutes the flavor too much.
Combine everything but the sparkling water in a large plastic container or glass pitchers. Cover and chill completely, 1 to 2 hours. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water.
Drink by the pool in large quantities. Lie to your children about alcohol content.