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    Patio Season: The BEST Sangria Recipe Ever

    June 8, 2013 12:40 am - Posted by Ellen in Drink

    Warm summer days and nights are filled with parties and dinners and hopefully for those in our community, lots of great wine and champagne. But Jody has a fun patio season tradition for get togethers; Sangria. Sangria makes a nice cool summer drink. And with his secret recipe it’s easy.

    Ingredients

    For the spiced simple syrup:

    • 2 cups water
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
    • sliced orange peel (orange part only)
    • 1 inch piece of peeled fresh ginger
    • 1 tsp whole cloves
    • 1/2 tsp whole peppercorns

    For the Sangria:

    • 1 750ml bottle red wine (merlot or cabernet)
    • 1/3 cup simple syrup
    • juice from 1 orange
    • 1/4 cup rum or brandy
    • 1/4 cup orange flavored liquor (triple sec, Cointreu, Grand Marnier)
    • sliced oranges, chopped apples (red and green), chopped pears
    • frozen blackberries for serving

    Instructions

    • In a saucepan, combine water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, ginger, cloves and peppercorns and bring to a boil. Continue to simmer while stirring and dissolving sugar. Boil until reduced a bit and slightly syrupy, about 15 minutes. Let simple syrup cool, strain and store in a glass jar in refrigerator. (You can use syrup for sangria or to sweeten tea, or sparkling water.)
    • To make sangria: In a large pitcher combine all ingredients. Let refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for best flavor.

    So go ahead and try this recipe and then leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

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