Party sangria is a popular choice for parties, and almost everyone partaking of its bound to find at least several delicious fruit slices bobbing around in their cup. This sangria is also specially attractive served in a wine glass with an orange slice garnishing the rim.
3 1/4 cups (26 fl. oz) dry red wine
1/3 cup (3 oz) sugar
1/3 cup brandy
1/3 cup Cointreau
1/3 lemon-flavored vodka
1 small lemon, sliced crosswise
1 small orange, sliced crosswise
1 small lime, sliced crosswise
1 medium pear, diced
2 medium peach, peeled, pitted and sliced
2 cups (8 oz) sliced strawberries
1 bottle carbonated lemon-lime soda
In a sangria pitcher, combine all ingredients except the strawberries and soda.
Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Immediately before serving, stir the strawberries and lemon-lime soda. Pour into chilled glasses and serve.
Wine Spectator: "This plush red is rich with chocolate and black cherry flavors, thick and almost sweet on the palate, with ripe, well-integrated tannins and a spicy finish. Drink now through 2007. 15,000 cases imported. 87 Points."