Hand painted Spanish ceramics
I used to own a Bar in Spain and I thought that I would provide a recipe for a proper Sangria that can be easily made at home , great for a party or B-B-Q

  • Ingredients :   
  • 2/3 teaspoons of white sugar
  • approx 20 cl Spanish Brandy (Soberano is a good brand available in the UK)
  • approx 20 cl orange juice
  • 75 cl red wine ( a bulk standard Spanish red nothing expensive)
  • a shot of white vermouth optional ( Martini or Cinzano Bianco )
  • bottle of lemonade ( in Spain they use Cassera which is like lemonade but not as sweet so something like Sprite would be good)
  • plenty of ice cubes
  • 1 or 2 apples
  • 1 large orange 

Method:

Obviously you need a large jug that will hold at least 1.5 litres of fluid , add all of the sugar into the bottom of the jug then add the Brandy and orange juice. 
Cut the apples and oranges into slices and add to the jug. You now have a choice either you are making the Sangria to drink now or preparing it say the night before , if preparing the night before add all of the red wine to the jug give a good stir and place in fridge this will allow all of the fruit to steep in the booze , take out of the fridge when ready to use and follow the rest of the method. 

all there is to do now is add plenty of ice cubes to the sangria and top up the mixture with lemonade to taste add a shot of vermouth if you want stir the sangria thoroughly so it is well mixed and it is ready to serve.

The amount of lemonade to add is up to you however you are looking for a flavour that is round and fruity and should not be harsh from red wine so add some lemonade and taste you can always add more.

have a lovely summer