and what a better day to test out a recipe like this when you want to get warm from your nose to your toes!
I LOVE Sangria, especially in the summer season both red and white. This is a wonderful combination of Spiced Red Wine that you find around Christmas and a warm weather specialty.
The original recipe is from Recipe.com and Better Homes & Gardens; as great as it is I change a few things around to make it more appealing to me and my crowds tastes.
Try both and compare....
I know you will enjoy them and even make our recipes YOUR own by adding a twist or two!
- 1/2 cup dried apples
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 3 apricots, pitted and sliced thin (about a 1/4 inch)
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup Cointreau or grande manier
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 750 ml bottle Merlot
- 2 cups ginger ale
In a large saucepan stir together the apples, cranberries, raisins, apricots, blueberries, brandy, honey, cointreau, vanilla bean, and cinnamon. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a gentle boil.
Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in wine. Transfer mixture to a decanter or pitcher. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours to blend flavors.
Just before serving, stir in club soda. Serve in glasses over ice. If desired, using a slotted spoon, spoon some of the fruit into each glass.