Red Sangria

The weather is getting nice and it's time to start thinking about refreshing beverages to sip on while you enjoy the sun.  One of my favorite staples is sangria.  It is simple to put together, but does require some planning by placing all of your ingredients in the refrigerator overnight to chill them.  And to be honest, it's not all that essential since you are going to be pouring it over ice-filled glasses - but it's still what I do.  You can easily double this recipe if it is all you are going to be serving AND you can make it ahead of time so you can use your time more efficiently.  Lastly, you can either put the fruit in with the sangria OR have it out in a bowl separate and let your guests put it in the glasses themselves which is what I prefer.  Oranges, Lemons, Apples and Grapes are my choices as well - it all depends on what I have on hand.

3 bottles Zinfindel
1 quart orange juice - (I use Simply Orange, pulp free)
1 quart club soda
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup Courvoisier
1/4 cup Cointreau
1/2 cup superfine sugar
4 cups assorted diced or sliced fruit

Thoroughly chill all ingredients. Pour the wine, brandy and Cointreau into a punch bowl. Stir in orange, juice, lemon juice and sugar, stirr until sugar has dissolved. Place fruit into the bottom of a glass, top with ice and add Sangria. 

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