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Owing to a concatenation of circumstances, I now realize that I haven’t had a new post in far too long.  Those same circumstances are now compelling me to make the first post ever without a post–ironic in light of the fact that I have several drinks photographed but not written up.  This lack of photography, I intend to rectify with expedience.

It’s summer and time for a summer drink.  To my thinking sangria is the quintessential summer social drink–light, refreshing, fun and simple.  It is also more of a genre and a methodology than a recipe (feel free to experiment wildly).  That said, here is what I basically go with…


  • 1 Orange, sliced
  • 1 cup stawberies sliced
  • Other fruit (peaches, berries, etc. sliced as needed)
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 liter seltzer or club soda

Add all of the ingredients except seltzer to a large pitcher. Add ice and stir. Top off with seltzer.

Some notes on this sangria recipe…

  1. You can use a variety of citrus in combination (e.g. lemons and limes) with the oranges.
  2. Allowing the fruit, syrup and brandy to macerate overnight enhances the flavor of this. My friend Michele does this. I lack the patience.
  3. If you don’t want to make up simple syrup in advance (helpful if you are going to be making multiple pitchers), just add 1/2 c. sugar and 1/2 c. water and microwave and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. This is one of those recipes where you don’t want to break out the good booze.  I generally use the E&J VSOP brandy and a red wine in the two buck Chuck price range (and frequently in the  bottle as well).


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