Saturday's Cocktails: Sangria

My drink of choice lately has been sangria. It's always been a favorite of mine, and it makes me think of summer, Spain, and good times. Here is an excellent recipe from Food Network that makes some of the tastiest sangria I've found.

You'll Need

  • 1 orange, sliced thin
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar, or to taste
  • 1 bottle chilled dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup cognac
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 cup chilled seltzer or club soda
  • Ice cubes

In a bowl, muddle the orange and lemon slices with the sugar with a wooden spoon. Add the red wine, cognac, orange liqueur, and orange juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a pitcher, chill until ready to serve and then stir in seltzer and add ice cubes.

While I'm not a huge fan of the glasses (I've always drank my sangria out of a tumbler), this pitcher is fantastic. Available at


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