Personally, I think apples are too crunchy for sangria--you want citrus or sweet fruit like peaches that will really soak up the wine. I like to slice up a couple of oranges, a lemon, and a lime very thin--if I had brandy lying around, I'd macerate them in a big splash of brandy and a handful of sugar. If not, I'd mix the citrus, plus the juice of another orange, with sugar to taste and a bottle of robust red wine. Stir it up, crushing the citrus lightly, and add some sliced peaches. Let chill thoroughly. Pour over ice, adding some fruit from the pitcher to each glass, and top with a splash of sparkling water.
Here's my go to recipe for sangria. Never fails!
1 750-ml bottle of dry red wine (3 cups)
1 1/2 cups lemon-lime soda (such as 7UP)
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2 limes, sliced
2 lemons, sliced
2 oranges, slices
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup sugar (though I usually leave out the sugar entirely)
2 tablespoons Cointreau or other orange liqueur
2 tablespoons grenadine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Fill 8 large wineglasses with ice cubes. Divide sangria among glasses. Garnish each glass with remaining lime and lemon slices and serve.
I decided to make sangria this weekend for a party. I spent about two hours looking at recipes and then combined a bunch of recipes to form my own recipe: it was a big success. This is what I did:
the night before the party I cut off the ends of two limes, two lemons, and two oranges, cut them in 1/2 and then sliced them. I combined these with 1/4 cup brandy, 1/4 cup cointreau and 1/4 cup superfine sugar. I muddled these with a wooden spoon and left them out all night to macerate.
Next morning, 4 hours before party I added 1 bottle of dry red wine (I used Ravenswood Zinfandel- an excellent wine- you can use cheap red rioja) 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 cup fresh sqeezed orange juice and a green granny smith apple peeled and diced. Stirred well and refrigerated.
You can also add strawberries and/or blueberried in the second step. For a lighter drink, you can add some club soda to each glass before serving.
I made three pitchers and they went like wildfire with a group of people who usually are very conservative drinkers!!!