I had a potluck at my house last Friday. We had a terrific pulled pork with green chili sauce (made it in the Crockpot so I’m still trying to figure out how to alter the recipe for camping or outdoor cooking…) but for drinks I served sangria.
Sangria is a traditional wine “punch” from Spain. And made right, it is NOTHING like the mix versions!
– 1 750ml bottle red wine (pick your favorite flavor/brand!)
– 1/4 cup brandy
– 1/2 cup triple sec
– 4 slices orange (or more!) cut into circles
– 2 cups orange juice
– 2 cups chilled ginger ale
In a large pitcher mix red wine, brandy, triple sec, orange, and orange juice. Allow to sit in a fridge overnight or as long as possible.
The next day, add in the chilled ginger ale just before serving.
When I served this at my party, I actually had the chilled ginger ale so my guests could add it in to taste. Of all the sangria that I had in Spain, none of it was sweet; flavorful but not sweet. But, my guests at the party seemed to like the sweetness the ginger ale added.
Personally, I liked the bubbles of the ginger ale, but not really the sweetness.
When I had this in Spain, it was served either chilled or at room temperature. I never had it served over ice. That’s up to you — I don’t like the flavor wine takes after it’s had an ice cube melted in it!