A spectacular sangria requires only four ingredients – wine, booze, sugar and fruit. You can easily create your own signature recipe by switching up wine varietals, the alcohol sidekick and fruit combinations.
To make the perfect pitcher of sangria, follow the basic recipe/ratio which is:
1 x 750 ml bottle of red or white wine
* ½ - ¾ cup of alcohol e.g. triple sec, peach schnapps, infused vodka, etc.
1/8 cup of sugar
1 pound-ish of fruit (How much is a pound? Weigh the fruit in the grocery store. That’s what that hanging scale thingy is for right?)
* Try white wine, berry liqueur, blueberries and grapes for a tasty berry sangria. It's berry good.
You’ll also need:
Tupperware container with lid
Ice or frozen juice cubes
Soda (for the calorie conscious), sparkling water, Gingerale or 7-Up
Here’s how to make a super simple sangria that's just peachy for summer sipping!
Slice the peaches into big wedges (I threw in a few strawberries to keep it interesting though they tend to look a little funky after a long soak. Whole blueberries fare better).
Put the fruit in a Tupperware container.
Press the sugar gently into the fruit with a wooden spoon and pour the alcohol (3/4 cup of Peach Schnapps, but not the wine) over top.
Cover with a lid and let sit for a minimum of thirty minutes.
Add the sweet, drunken fruit to wine in a pitcher and put in the fridge to sit for at least half a day. This is KEY. A rushed sangria isn’t worth its salt…ahem, sugar.
Serve in a large wine glass or tumbler over ice (regular ice cubes or frozen juice cubes).
Be warned, this drink is potent! Sip slowly or you’ll be dancing on the pool deck in nothing but water wings and a smile before you know it. If you find it too strong, add more ice or top with a splash of club soda (or 7-Up if you like it sweeter).