Food & Dining

Sangria: Easy to make, great to drink

This sangria will quench any thirst, and it's easy to make.
This sangria will quench any thirst, and it's easy to make.

With its versatility and refreshing taste, sangria is a great go-to drink for any get-together. The best part? It's super easy to make and offers endless opportunities to customize the flavor.

To start, mix a quarter cup of sugar with half a cup of brandy until the sugar is dissolved. Make sure the sugar gets mixed throughout the sangria and doesn't just sink to the bottom of the pitcher. Keep stirring until it's fully dissolved.

Add in the your other liquid ingredients: Three cups of dry red wine, one and a half cups of orange juice, two tablespoons fresh lemon juice, two tablespoons of fresh lime juice, two tablespoons of grenadine and one and a half cups of carbonated lemon-lime beverage.

If you like a sweeter sangria, use lemon-lime soda such as Sprite or 7-UP. If you want to tamp down the sweetness, just use lemon-lime-flavored seltzer or even plain seltzer.

Now, cut up some lemons, limes and oranges. To get the most juice out of your fruit, try heating them, uncut, in the microwave for about 10 to 15 seconds. Then, roll them on a countertop with the palm of your hand about four or five times before you cut them.

Once sliced, add the slices to the wine mixture. Let everything stand in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. If refrigerating for longer than the 30 minutes, remove the lemon and lime slices until serving time -- they can easily take over the flavor of the sangria and make it too tart.

And that is how you make an easy, satisfying sangria.