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How-To: Red Sangria

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Sangria tends to get boxed in as a summertime staple, but it's something I keep at home year round as an exercise in zero waste. I drink a lot more wine than cocktails, yet I still find myself staring at half-drank bottles that are just slightly too oxidized to enjoy by the glass. Sangria is a great way to use wine that would otherwise go down the drain, and it's ultra-customizable. Think of this recipe as more of a Sangria template rather than a strict list of ingredients, and feel free to switch in seasonal fruits, herbs, and different types of sugar to change it to your taste!

Red Sangria

  • 2 Oranges, sliced into wheels 
  • 1 Lemon, sliced into wheels
  • 1 Bottle Red Wine, preferably something you already like 
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Strawberries, cubed
  • 1 Cup Raspberries 
  • 3 oz Brandy 
  1. Muddle the berries slightly in a very large glass jar or pitcher. Pour sugar over berries and add citrus slices. 
  2. Pour wine and brandy into the pitcher and stir. If you can seal the top securely, shake the container very well to mix. 
  3. Allow to sit chilled for a minimum of 24 hours. (You can adjust the sweetness to your taste as the sangria sits.)
  4. Serve over ice and top with berries, citrus wheels and your choice of seltzer water or sparkling. 


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