If you want to save a little time when entertaining, consider making a batch of sangria. Not only is it a flavorful cocktail, it can be made in advance, freeing you up to focus on food, friends, and family during your fete. Make it a day or two in advance and forget about it until your first guests walk through the door. Need to keep it chilled without watering it down? Add some frozen fruit. You'll love this delicious drink, especially during the holiday season!
Things You'll Need
1 large orange
1 large pomegranate
½ cup orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
¼ cup brandy or rum
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 bottle red wine
1 cup orange sparkling water or orange Italian soda
Step 1: Prepare the Fruit
Thinly slice the orange and de-seed the pomegranate.
Step 2: Add Fruit to a Serving Pitcher
Step 3: Add the Liquor and Sugar, and Chill
Add the orange liqueur, brandy (or rum), and brown sugar to the serving pitcher. Stir until well combined, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Refrigerating overnight is an important step in developing flavors, don't skip it!
Step 4: Add the Sparkling Water
Add the orange sparkling water just before serving, and give it a stir.
Your drink is ready to be enjoyed by all!