Aw, I do love this Sangria. With the hot summer day upon us, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a nice, cold glass of my favorite homemade Red Wine Lemon Sangria while I watch the day come to a close on my patio.
While I was making this Red Wine Lemon Sangria, I was reminded of a time not long ago when I had a large group gathered at my home for a 4-day business retreat. I’d made this Sangria to enjoy after our work had concluded, but for some reason, I had no takers. It was the following afternoon, and it had been an unusually busy day. My assistant (who had watched me make it) mentioned that she would love some of my Sangria. The rest of the team asked in unison “You have Sangria?” After that, I couldn’t make it fast enough. We actually went through a case of wine as a result… seriously!
This is my favorite Red Wine, one I hope you will enjoy as much as my friends and colleagues do (and did).
Red Wine Lemon Sangria
- 1 750ml bottle Spanish red wine (We used Borsao Garnacha 2010)
- 4oz Cointreau
- 6oz lemon juice
- 1 lemons, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- ¼ cup sugar
- (Optional) 1 12 oz. can or bottle of 7-Up or a lemon-lime carbonated beverage
Mix the red wine, Cointreau, lemon juice, and sugar in a large pitcher or jar until the sugar is dissolved. Chill overnight.
Pour the Red Wine Lemon Sangria into a fun Sangria pitcher. Add the sliced lemon, orange and lime wheels into the pitcher. Reserve some of the citrus slices for garnish. (Optional: add in the 7-up, so the bubbles are fresh). Fill each wine glass with Sangria, and then garnish with citrus slices.
Notes: You may substitute Cognac for Cointreau if you so desire. I prefer my sangria without the carbonation. If you prefer it a little sweeter, add a bit more sugar. I prefer mine a little tart.
You can find some good Spanish wines, such as the Borsao Garnacha, to make this Homemade Lemon Sangria at wine.com, amazon.com, BevMo.com, Trader Joe’s, CostPlus/World market, many grocery stores or any quality wine market. If you’re not sure, ask your local wine buyer to give you a good recommendation.
This Red Wine Lemon Sangria recipe is one that’s always requested when I have a gathering at the house. They like it with just about anything I serve. However, when I serve it with my “Easy Dry Rub Ribs,” everyone is in heaven. Enjoy.
Time for a glass…
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