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National Sangria Day 2013: Recipes

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Today, December 20 is National Sangria Day. Sangria is a fruit-based punch and wine mixture. Classically, sangrias are made with red wine, fresh, seasonal fruit and citrus flavored soda. They are easy to make, easy to drink and a colossal hit at summer get-togethers. So why is National Sangria Day in December you ask? My guess is that by now we are a little tired of the cold weather, snow storms, ice storms and scraping our cars out from under an igloo every morning.

Sangria cocktails would also be a sure hit at a Christmas party be it a work function or getting together with the family. Below are four crowd pleasing Sangria recipes to try for the aforementioned Christmas party, or today - National Sangria Day 2013

Classic Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 Litre Red wine
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Orange juice
  • 1 cup Lemon juice
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks

Mixing instructions:

Mix all together in a pitcher and refrigerate. Add cloves and cinnamon sticks to taste. Serve in wine glasses.

Fruity Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 Litre Red wine
  • 2 oz Triple sec
  • 4 oz Brandy
  • Juice from one Orange
  • Juice from one Lemon
  • 1 Peach
  • 20 Cherries
  • 1 bottle Club soda
  • 6 oz Sugar syrup
  • Ice cubes

Mixing instructions:

Pit cherries and soak in 2 oz. of the brandy. Slice peach and soak in the other 2 oz. of the brandy and all of the triple sec. Juice the lemon and orange into a pitcher and add the sugar syrup. Add the cherry and peach mixtures, and the red wine. Chill. To serve, fill a red wine glasses about 1/3 full with ice and add the alcohol/fruit mixture. Top with club soda to taste.

Hawaiian Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Apple juice
  • Sugar to taste
  • 2 tblsp Lemon juice
  • 1 bottle dry White wine
  • 1 cup Pineapple cubes
  • 1 sour Apple
  • 1 bottle Ginger ale
  • 12 Ice cubes

Mixing instructions:

In a pitcher, dissolve the sugar in the apple juice. Add lemon juice, wine, pineapple and apple in chunks. Mix. Add ginger ale and ice right before serving.

Super Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 L sweet Red wine
  • 3/4 L Sherry
  • 1/4 L Watermelon schnapps
  • 1/4 L Blackcurrant schnapps
  • 1/4 L Brandy
  • 1 L Fruit juice
  • 1/2 L Lemon-lime soda
  • 1 bag Ice

Mixing instructions:

Mix all the ingredients besides the ice in a large pitcher (or several smaller). Once thoroughly mixed, add the ice and serve in wine glasses.

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