Despite spending most of my years as a single gal, I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. One of my favorite Valentine’s memories was spending the night at a sushi bar with my sister and single friends. It’s all about the love, and I love my friends, sushi, and wine That’s what made me think of this red sangria as a great option for this Valentine’s Day weekend. You can share this with your love, or make a big ol’ batch of this and share this with your friends!
I’ve made this sangria several times for parties. I usually quadruple the recipe and make this in a drink dispenser with a full box of wine. If you do this you probably won’t need four times the fruit, I think three times would cut it. This is a make-ahead recipe, and it actually tastes better the next day, but if you make it in the morning and serve in the evening it will still be great.
The red wine, citrus from the oranges, sweetness from the apples, spices, and liquors meld together to have an amazing depth of flavor and make this a great winter drink. It’s pretty boozy, so it will keep you nice and toasty on those cold winter nights. 😉
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Dan and I aren’t into the fancy pre-fix dinner thing. We usually go to the local Chinese buffet and stuff our faces. Very romantic, hehe. But it’s always fun and it’s not stressful and expensive. This year Dan also planned a weekend in Madison with my sister’s family, and we get to see David Cross while we’re there! Family, my husby, and the man who introduced me to never nudes: perfect weekend of love for this lady. ❤️❤️❤️
- 2 apples
- 2 oranges
- ½ cup brandy
- ¼ cup orange liquor, like Triple Sec or Cointreau - I used Triple Sec, WAY cheaper!
- 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine
- 2 to 3 cups sparkling water, chilled
- Cut the oranges and apples into thin slices or wedges. Leave the peels on. Transfer the cut fruit to a pitcher.
- Measure the brandy and pour it over the fruit.
- Measure the orange liquor and pour it into the pitcher as well.
- Add the wine.
- Stir the liquor, wine, and fruit together.
- Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight. Do not taste the sangria now; you will be disappointed! It gets softer, sweeter, and much more delicious overnight in the fridge.
- When ready to serve, top off the sangria with sparkling water. Stir gently to combine. Taste and add more if desired. Scoop a few pieces of fruit into each glass when serving.