Across the nation each year on December 20, National Sangria Day is observed by enjoying a well-mixed Sangria.

Sangria is a beverage made with wine and sweetened with fresh fruit and fruit juices. Other ingredients can include herbs, spices, carbonation, and liquor.

The combinations are endless, giving sangria a place at in the cocktail rotation year round. Refreshing and light during hot summer months, bright and sparkling during the winter ones, this fruity punch is quite versatile.

Sangria made with white wine is called Sangria Blanca.

Use fresh fruit in season for the best flavors. Once mixed, sangria should be chilled and the fruits allowed to marinate a few hours or overnight.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh satsuma orange juice (about 4 satsumas)

  • 1 cup satsuma orange sections (about 2 satsumas)

  • 1⁄3 cup Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)

  • 1⁄4 cup sugar

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges

  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle fruity red wine

 

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

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