Patio Daddio SangriaIt's clearly a little early, but for some reason I had the burning desire to make some sangria. I like wine and sangria is just a great way to lighten up some red wine. It's a winey, fruity, refreshing and festive drink. Oh, and it's brain-dead easy to make.

You can use any red wine for this recipe, but I recommend something full-bodied, like a Merlot. You want the wine to be bold enough to stand up to the fruit and ice. As for brands, I really like Barefoot. The quality is worth about three times the price.

1 bottle (750 ml) Red wine (I recommend Barefoot Merlot)
1 Tangelo, sliced 1/4" thick
1 Lemon, sliced 1/4" thick
12 oz Ginger ale
1/4 cup Sugar

Combine the wine and sugar in a large pitcher.

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Add the fruit and stir gently.

Just before serving, add the ginger ale and stir.

Serve over ice in a large wine glass.


Tip: Roll the fruit on your counter under the palm of your hand before slicing. This will help release the juice and oils.

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