Jerry Jeff Walker has a song called "Sangria wine" and I couldn't get it out of my head while I was making this! Sangria is such a fun drink to make, and it just tastes like summer. You can use any fresh fruit you have on hand, and the best thing is, there's no need for expensive wine. You can seriously turn a $3 bottle of wine into a delicious drink! Here's how I made this batch of sangria.
750 ml bottle of inexpensive wine (I used a sweet red table wine)
1/2 cup sugar
1 orange, sliced
1/2 lemon, sliced
2 key limes, sliced
3 cups club soda (try lime flavored!)
Pour wine into a pitcher. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add sliced fruit and stir again. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to let the flavors mingle. Try to keep yourself from sneaking drinks. Warn the kids it's a grown-up drink.
Immediately before serving, add club soda and give it a stir. Pour into glasses and garnish with fruit slices. If you are just having a glass at a time rather than serving the pitcher to friends, skip adding the whole amount of club soda. Just pour the wine and fruit mixture into your glass and top with a little soda.
You can make a delicious non-alcoholic sangria by just using grape juice in place of the wine. Then everyone can enjoy the taste of summer!
Cheers to you, friends!