Sangria

This beverage is fruity and tart, with a punch of citrus brightening every sip.  It tastes best when it has a chance to chill for at least two hours, so plan accordingly.  Bring it on a picnic or serve it at your next barbecue.  Blood oranges are a seasonal treat (winter in SoCal), but regular navel oranges are a fine substitute.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 2 hours
Yield: serves 6

Ingredients:

1 blood orange, cut into wheels
1 lime, cut into wheels
1 lemon, cut into wheels
6 ounces simple syrup
4 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
1 bottle of dry, red table wine
6 ounces brandy

Preparation:

1.  Place the orange, lime and lemon slices in a large pitcher, along with the simple syrup.  Muddle (smash) them with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon to release their juices.

2.  Add the orange juice, lime juice, wine and brandy and stir well.

3.  Place pitcher in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 36 hours.  

4.  Placed ice cubes in 6 glasses, fill with sangria and garnish with the fruit slices. 
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