A friend recommended I listen to Rodrigo Y Gabriela, which I loved and made me long for a sunny day, sitting on a patio, drinking Sangria. Then, my coworker asked if I had a recipe for Sangria. It was all perfect timing because I was invited to a wine tasting party and as a non-wine drinker, I was unsure of what to take and then I realized I could bring Sangria!
* 1 bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Shiraz)
* 2 tbsp sugar
* 1 lemon cut into wedges
* 1 orange cut into wedges
* 24 ounces Sprite/7-up (or ginger ale, club soda)
Pour wine in the pitcher.
Add sugar, stir lightly.
Squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible).
Add Sprite just before serving.
Serve chilled or over ice.
To serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.
Because I was taking this on the road to a party and I did not want to worry about someone pouring their drink and wayward piece of fruit falling out of the pitcher into the glass and making a mess, I put the Sangria in a Simply Lemonade container. So I removed the the fruit wedges and squeezed wine they absorbed, then poured the wine into the container and only put three wedges back in (see photo). After that, I added the Sprite and took some extra Sprite in case anyone needed a fresher!