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Cinco de Mayo – Best Red Wine Sangria

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a pitcher of Sangria!  There are many recipes out there – this one is pretty easy and doesn’t require exotic ingredients.  It’s adapted from a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated (my favorite cooking magazine).  

This recipe is thought of as “the best” because it is supposed to be authentically Spanish.  It serves four, so you may want to double or triple for your party.  Although the prep time is only about 15 minutes, you should chill for a minimum of 2 and up to 8 hours.  The longer sangria sits before drinking, the more smooth and mellow it will taste.

Ingredients:

2 large juice oranges, washed; one orange sliced; remaining orange juiced
1 large lemon, washed and sliced
1/4 cup granulated white sugar (superfine is best)
1/4 cup Triple Sec
1 (750 ml.) bottle MNV&W Tailgate Red, chilled

Directions:

1. Add sliced orange and lemon and sugar to large pitcher; mash gently with wooden
spoon until fruit releases some juice, but is not totally crushed, and sugar dissolves,
about 1 minute. Stir in orange juice, Triple Sec, and wine; refrigerate for at least 2,
and up to 8, hours.

2. Before serving, add 6 to 8 ice cubes and stir briskly to distribute settled fruit and
pulp; serve immediately.

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