IIRC this recipe is used by Amada restaurant in Philadelphia. It receives raves whenever I serve it:
Sangria for red or white
Inexpensive wine: Vella bag-in-a-box
1 part orange liqueur: Torres Gran Orange is the best or Triple sec works OK
1 part brandy (Spanish brandy is best but E&J California will do
to five parts of wine
So if a 750 ml bottle of wine is 25 oz. add 5 oz each of orange liqueur and brandy
Add 1 part simple syrup - spiced simple syrup for red wine, plain for white wine
2 parts sugar
1 part water
1. Bring the water to a boil.
2. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water.
3. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat.
4. Allow to cool completely. You can put it in a bottle.
For spiced simple syrup just add a little cinnamon. I’ve also added a pinch or so of nutmeg.
Taste and see if the mixture is sweet enough. If not, add a bit more syrup.
Mix everything up and chill.
Add chopped fruits of your choice: pears, apples and sliced lime and oranges which have soaked a little in a similar mixture of liqueur and brandy.
Just before serving add a nice shot of club soda to thin out the sangria and give it a slight frizzante. Serve over lots of ice.
Best I have ever had:
1 bottle Spanish red wine
¼ cup Spanish brandy
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup club soda
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced orange
2-3 whole cherries
Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir until well mixed. Pour into large wine glasses. Garnish with orange slices and cherries.
I also make a Champangria that's sexy and refreshing.
I use a rose sparkling wine and make the drink a la minute.
Mix together in a container
2 cups of Strawberry puree or sorbet
1/2 cup Brandy
3/4 cup Pama Pomegranate Liquer
1/2/ cup Lemon Juice (Fresh Squeezed)
1/4 cup simple syrup
add mixture to glass of sparkling wine over ice to taste (about 1 to 2 tablespoons)
Cut a strawberry into four pieces and stir into glass
How about a champagne sangria? Well not really champagne, but it has a better ring than cava sangria. I like mine with a bit more alcohol than most, but feel free to cut back on the liquers or add a bit more ice.
1 bottle brut cava
3 oz. Cointreau
3 oz. Midori melon liquer
3 oz. Alize Red Passion
1 peach, pureed
club soda and sugar to taste