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Dr C’s Sangria

The best way to describe my father-in-law’s sangria is “YUMMMMMM.”  I am not sure what part of this drink I love more, the crisp, fresh taste or the Spanish history of my husband’s family behind it.  Whatever it is, I just cannot get enough of this sangria and it is so easy to make!

Ingredients to Make One Large Pitcher:

  • 1/2 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon or Burgundy (Really, you can use any red wine and the cheap stuff will do!)
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/3 of a 2 L bottle Diet or Regular Seven-Up (We prefer the diet to keep those calories down)
  • 1 15 oz can Lite Mixed Fruit Cocktail (Again, you don’t need to use the lite version, but we try to cut calories where we can)
  • Any fresh fruit you would like to add
  • Sugar to taste (Taste the sangria before adding any sugar.  When it is just my husband and I drinking it, we do not add any sugar.  When we have guests who prefer it sweeter we add up to a 1/4 c sugar.)

Preparation:

  1. Combine the wine, Triple Sec, and Diet Seven-Up in your pitcher.
  2. Conduct this step near a sink the first time you make the sangria.  Slowly add all contents of the can of fruit (juice and fruit).  Stir as you add this and be aware the mixture is going to fizz up for a moment as the sugar comes in contact with the 7-Up.
  3. This is when I rummage through my refrigerator and find what fruit I need to use up.  You do not need to add additional fruit, but we like the look of fresh fruit and the snack we get at the bottom of every glass.  Our favorites add ins are strawberries, orange slices, and grapes sliced in half.
  4. Taste the sangria and add up to a 1/4 cup of sugar if you would like it sweeter.
  5. Serve over ice and garnish with a slice of fruit!

Enjoy!
 

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