Classic Red Sangria Recipe

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Is there anything more summery than drinking a chilled glass of sangria on the patio? 
From piña coladas to minty mojitos, I am a huge fan of just about any Summer drink, but sangria hands down has my heart. I have never been much of a red wine drinker, but the added sweetness from sugar combined with a bright citrus flavour and fruity kick is sheer perfection. Those floating pieces of wine-infused fruit push it right over the top - they're my favourite part. 
Although there are more sangria recipes than I can count (including white wine sangria, which is pretty delicious), you can't EVER go wrong with a classic. Red wine sangria is so much more flavourful than it's white counterparts, with the added bonus of a gorgeous red hue. 
A few tips: 
1. Use a dry red wine. Sweet wines will prove to be too sweet when combined with sugar and fruit, and will not give you the tart, refreshing flavour commonly associated with sangria.
2. Feel free to choose your own spirit or combination of spirits to suit your taste. Brandy, rum, and triple sec are the most common. Triple sec will add a sweet orange flavour to your sangria.
3. To add a bit more of a fruity flavour, add a splash or orange juice, lemonade, or pomegranate juice. For a fizzy sangria, add a bit of lemon lime soda right before serving.
4. Let chill and mingle for several hours before serving. Sangria is best served the same day of preparing, but can be stored in the fridge for up to two days. 

Be sure to try this recipe at your next summer cook-out, book club meeting, or girls night in. 

Classic Red Sangria Recipe

1 apple, cored and chopped 
1 orange, sliced 
1 lime, sliced 
4 Tablespoons white or brown sugar (add more or less to taste) 
1/2 cup brandy (or rum) 
1/4 cup triple sec 
1/2 cup lemonade or orange juice 
1 (750ml) bottle dry red wine 
2-3 cups sparkling water or lemon-lime soda, optional or to taste 

INSTRUCTIONS: 
Place fruit in a bottom of a large pitcher. Sprinkle sugar over the top and muddle. Pour spirit over the top and stir until sugar seems to be dissolved. Add lemonade or orange juice and red wine and stir until combined. Let sit in the fridge for several hours to let flavours mingle. Add sparkling water or soda before serving, if desired. 

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