About 3 or 4 years ago I became a Summer Sangria nut. Couldn't tell you what light switch flipped inside...just know that it did. I think it started with packing pic-nics for a day trip to a public beach. No alcohol allowed at the lake we were visiting. Kids get fun punch...why not the adults? So that first day I packed one icy jug of lemonade and one of adult punch...sangria. The guard at the gate thought it looked like fruit punch. Who was I to contradict?
Over the past several years I have experimented with all kinds of mixtures. I have found that I like berries in my red sangria and peaches in my white sangria. I have also started taking the last of the weeks berries and started building a bachelors brandy for that next batch of Sangria.
A Bachelor's brandy is a layer of fruit (normally overripe) a sprinkling of sugar and topped with brandy. You let it ferment for at least 2 months and once done it is just lovely over ice cream.... Often it is just berries but I have a friend who starts a large glass jar at the begining of the summer, as each week goes by he adds a layer, cherries, strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. By the end of summer he seals the jar and forgets it till Christmas, then, Watch Out!
I never get to the end of summer. I start a berry version and a stone fruit version. The berries for red, the stone fruit for white. When I have enough of one or the other...presto batch of sangria.
I went to an event today and was asked to make a batch. Here is how it went down.
2 cups of brandy
2 to 3 cups assorted berries
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups triple sec
5 oranges, sliced
3 liters red wine, merlot today, chilled
1 liter club soda
If you have the time, slice the strawberries, add the blue and raspberries toss with sugar and cover with brandy. Let it sit in the back of the fridge for 5 or 6 days. If you don't have the time, let the berry/brandy mixture sit out at least overnight.
Day of: Slice the oranges add with the triple sec to the brandy and berries. Chill down. As the party is getting started mix together the wine and the fruit mix. Add the club soda. Serve over Ice
NOTE: Today I used two liters of club soda. It was an outdoor event and it was 80 degree's in the sun. Add to that it was a graduation with lots of kids. A little weaker on the sangria did not hurt anyone.
Yield: 30 servings