What You’ll Need:
- 1 bottle of red wine and 1 bottle of white wine— this can seriously be the cheapest wine on the shelf. Do not waste a great bottle of wine this way, but you can also use a good bottle that has been open too long– it’s a great way to save it!
- 2 organic oranges, sliced thinly into rounds
- 1 bag of frozen mixed berries— preferably with some cherries in it, too.
- 1/2 cup triple sec or cointreau or brandy (and yes, I have successfully made sangria without any of these– but it really is worth it if you can get some!)
- 1 quart of cherry juice, and using cherry juice concentrate (diluted) is an economical way to go (optional, but recommended)
- fresh strawberries and/ or other dark-colored fruits (again, optional if you have plenty of frozen berries– but this is a great way to use those strawberries that are languishing in the heat)
What to Do:
1. Well, you pretty much just get a huge glass container (like this one, and when I used to make it in such big quantities for parties, I bought one like this) and mix all of these things (besides the ice) together. Stir it up, and taste. Depending on the wine you are using, you may feel the need to make it a little sweeter. Sometimes I make it without the juice, and in that case I need to sweeten it a bit. I use xylitol, but you can use sugar, brown sugar, or raw honey (diluted with water so that it will dissolve in the cold mixture.)
2. If possible, let it sit for an hour or more so the flavors can combine well. It would be totally reasonable to leave it overnight, if you want. We were in a hurry, so shook it with the ice cubes in it, and then ladled the cubes into our glasses so it wouldn’t dilute the rest so much.
3. Serve over lots of ice, and garnish if you like with orange slices or fresh strawberries. Use a ladle to get the berries from the bottom, so there’s a bit of everything in each glass.
4. Be sure to enjoy the wine-soaked fruits at the bottom of your glass!Easy. Delicious. Fresh. Sangria!