Listen y’all. When your cousin texts you and not-so-subtly asks you to make sangria, you do it.
My mom’s side of the family gathers at my Granny’s house a few days before Christmas every year to eat and open gifts. The meal is always a comfort foodie’s dream with pork and rice, chicken and dumplings, baked ham and many other southern faves. The gifts, at least for my cousins and me, are always semi-matching clothing or accessories from our Granny. We have received feather boas, jewelry, leggings, you name it. I am sure this year will be no different!
Aside from these family traditions, alcohol is usually not on the menu. Mainly because we meet at noon and we often have places to drive to afterwards. This year, however, Granny requested mimosas (mom is tackling those) and my cousin requested sangria. Someone else will have to drive us home this year because it’s going down. So, without further delay, here is how I make red wine holiday sangria!
Recipe (serves about 6):
1 large bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon
½ cup of Triple Sec
½ cup of peach Brandy
1/2 cup of sugar
4-6 cans of lemon La Croix
First, chop the apples and citrus and place into a pitcher or container. I used Fuji apples and satsumas but pick whatever you like.
Then add the Triple Sec, Brandy, sugar and whichever red wine you prefer. Give it a stir, cover and let it chill in the fridge overnight.
When it is time to serve, give the sangria another stir and get your glasses ready. I have a feeling Solo cups will be needed for our gathering. Anyway, spoon some of the fruit into each glass and pour in the sangria. Top off each glass with La Croix or your carbonated drink of choice. Depending if you want a higher sangria to La Croix ratio will determine how many cans of La Croix to use. I prefer mostly sangria with a La Croix topper. Obviously. Trying to get my family loose this Christmas, remember?
Clink! Of course I had to do a taste test…
The best thing about sangria is you can’t really mess it up. You can add whichever wine and medley of fruits you desire and it is guaranteed to turn out divine.