Warning – this isn’t healthy. Unfortunately, I don’t think any alcoholic beverage can be classified as healthy. But what the heck? It is summer isn’t it? And what’s summer without tasty cocktails in the sun? If you’re looking for something that’s delicious and refreshing to serve at a party or just drink on a Sunday Funday like we did, then this for you!
This is hands down the best homemade sangria I’ve had to date. Ryan’s Aunt Lori made it for us, and we just had to have the recipe. We’ve modified it slightly, but I’ll share her version noting my changes.
What you’ll need:
- Cheap spanish red wine – 1 1/2 cups
- Orange juice – 1/2 cup
- Brandy – 1/2 cup
- Gran Marnier – 1/2 cup
- Sugar – 1/2 cup (we used several packets of Splenda to taste)
- Oranges and peaches sliced (we used strawberries instead of peaches because I’m allergic to peaches and also added lemons)
- Soda Water
- Combine all ingredients except soda water. Ideally let sit for a day (we actually drank it right away and it was still great!).
- Top each glass off with soda water – important to add this last
- Serve and enjoy! Then serve some more and repeat.
OK the best news is that the longer it sits, the better it is. If you’re saving for several days out, you’ll need to strain the fruit. We made six times the recipe, so we had some left over. After straining the fruit out, we put some into a wine bottle and put a wine stopper in. Seven days later it was amazing! We also froze some in a Food Saver bag, and just like the wine bottle portion, it couldn’t have been better!
Even if you think you have a favorite sangria recipe at home, I insist you give this one a try too.
Note this isn’t Aunt Lori’s recipe; she actually found through a Boston magazine or paper a few years ago. If I find out where it originated, I’ll be sure to give credit where credit is due!