spiced sangria

Recipe printed from chiknpastry
 

Spiced Sangria

Not to worry if you're lacking some of these ingredients - it's an extremely forgiving recipe. Even the OJ isn't a necessity. I've added all sorts of fruit juices (and even left them out altogether and doubled up on the brandy club soda). The fruit? Sure, you could live without that too, if you must. But without it, you can't class it up by picking apples slices outta the pitcher and sucking the wine out :(.

ingredients
1 bottle red wine (I use Yellow Tail Cab/Shiraz blend)
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 t black peppercorns
2-3 whole cloves
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c orange juice
1/2 c brandy (white rum works too, even sake if there's an open bottle in the fridge)
1-2 oranges, sliced thinly
1-2 apples, sliced thinly
any other fruit you have, if desired, save some for garnishing
club soda or citrus soda (Sprite, 7-up)

instructions

  1. In a pitcher, pour wine (save 1 cup), OJ, and brandy. Add fruit and refrigerate. Can be done well in advance.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine 1 c wine, spices, and sugar. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and let cool, then add to pitcher and keep refrigerated.
  3. Immediately before serving, add club soda to taste (~2 c). Pour into wine glasses & garnish with a fresh fruit slice.
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