1 liter Sweet(er) Red Wine
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup Brandy, optional
1 Package of Fresh Cranberries
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Water
Sliced and Diced Fresh Fruit (ex. Orange, Limes, Lemons, Apple, Berries)
Basil or Spearmint, Garnish
Start by adding your sugar, water, and Cranberries to a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. You’ll want to cover this because pretty soon the berries will start to pop! Once all the berries have popped, take the pan off the heat and strain the juice into the pitcher you’ll be using.
I’ve made the mistake of letting too much of the cooked cranberries into my Sangria once and let me tell you, I ruined a spout for life. Luckily, it was someone else’s spout.
Add your fresh fruit and pour your bottle of wine, OJ (not Simpson), and Brandy over the top. I personally like the Brandy because it makes the Sangria less overwhelmingly sweet. However, I have never made this Sangria for friends without finishing it.
It is delicious and perfect for Summer. Or Fall. Or Spring. And especially Winter.
**If you prefer White Sangria, do everything the same but leave out the cranberries. A good Pinot Grigio instead of sweet Red wine would be great!