I became obsessed with trying to make The Best Red Wine Sangria after my family's trip to Spain last Spring.
I have never been much of a drinker, so when I enthusiastically drank glass after glass, all the way from Madrid to Sevilla my husband started to get a little worried. The problem was temporarily solved however, when I got home and was unable to find a recipe that even came close to the red sangria I had at Botin in Madrid. Frustrated, I went back to my sober ways.
As it happens though, my good friend Casey who is an authority on all things good told me that she too had tried several red wine sangria recipes but could not find one that came close to the sangria at El Pote's in New York City. She graciously shared the recipe she finally perfected and it is in fact, the best red wine sangria ever, but beware... all who try it become completely addicted! My friend's ex-husband actually does chores around her house in exchange for this sangria and she will not give him the recipe!
I omit the sugar completely and instead of plain soda water, I use orange flavored Sanpellegrino. I also add a cinnamon stick.
1 bottle Spanish dry red wine
1 cup Cointreau
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
sliced oranges, lemons and sour green apples
1 cup soda water
Mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher except the soda water. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Add soda water, ice and serve. Alternatively, if you plan to drink it throughout the week you can just add a splash of soda water to each individual glass.