Stephen Asprinio

The perfect Memorial Day drink that'll make your lips smack for more!

on May 20, 2009

If you are a wine drinker, and simply aren't in the mood to drink beer, my suggestion is do as the Spaniards do, and drink Sangria. At many sporting events in Spain, instead of an ice chest full of beers, or in addition to, there lies a "bloody" (Sangria translated to English") bowl of punch made from red wine, fruit and brandy. This wine punch is served chilled, on the rocks, and topped with some soda water to add a refreshing fizz to the drink. It is also very high in alcohol, and makes for some good ol' fashioned fun. Here's the recipe:

1 (750 ml) bottle dry, red wine (preferably Spanish)

1/2 cup brandy

1/2 cup orange Cointreau

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

1 lime, each halve thinly sliced

1 orange, each halve

thinly sliced

1 lemon, each halve thinly sliced

1 fuji apple, cored, and each halve thinly sliced

1 liter club soda, chilled

Combine all the ingredients except the club soda in a large pitcher. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours. Serve on the rocks, top with the club soda (about 3 ounces) and serve.

Cheers,
Stephen Asprinio