Quick Cognac Sangria
Cognac is a specialty brandy created in Cognac, France. You can substitute in regular brandy if you don't have any cognac around. The apples, oranges and cherries add a delightful fruitiness to this sangria!
1 750ml bottle of red wine - Rioja, or other substitute
1/4 cup sugar
1 apple, in chunks
1 orange, in wedges
1 liter soda water
Prepare a large bowl or pitcher. Pour in the red wine. Add in the Cognac, sugar, apple, orange and cherries. Mix it well, then allow to sit overnight to let the flavors soak in.
The next day, add in the soda water so the bubbles are fresh. Add in ice and serve! If you have some fruit pieces remaining, use them as natural frozen ice cubes!
To turn this into a single-glass sangria recipe, a typical assumption is that one 750ml bottle of wine yields four large glasses of wine. Divide all ingredients shown by four. If you're making just one glass worth you probably don't want to wait for the overnight soaking. If the mixture doesn't soak, you just won't get as much of the fruit / berry flavors permeating the sangria.
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Note: I created these sangria recipes and have had them online for years. If you find similar sangria recipes elsewhere, it's because someone copied my idea. I do appreciate it when visitors write in to warn me about the plagiarism - but usually there's not much I can do about it! What's really funny is when they copy my design right down to my sangria pitcher. That's a bit much :)