What do you drink when you’re watching football? Most people would answer “beer,” but if you’re not a beer drinker you may be looking for something else. This Sunday, whip up a pitcher of Red Wine Sangria. Lighter than a cocktail, refreshing, and simply delicious, sangria is a great way to use things you might already have in your liquor cabinet and refrigerator. Wine, liquor, juice, sugar, and sliced fruit are all you need.


Red Wine Sangria


2 750ml bottles of dry red wine, preferably without any oak. I like Tempranillo from Spain or inexpensive red blends.
½ cup brandy (the better the quality, the better the final sangria)
½ cup pomegranate juice
1/3 cup Triple sec or Grand Marnier
The juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup sugar (or a little more to taste)
2 cups of your choice of a variety of fruit, sliced thinly (oranges, apples, peaches, lemons, etc)
8 maraschino cherries (optional)
2 cups sparkling water, ginger ale, or sparkling wine (optional)


In a large pitcher or bowl, combine all ingredients except for the sliced fruit and the sparkling water/wine or soda. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. When ready to serve, float fruit in the punch and add sparkling/soda.