Sangria follows a basic formula: wine (usually red), fruit, sweetener, and brandy, inviting a host of experiments and variations. Nothing could be easier than chopping up some citrus and blending it with booze, a tradition that extends from the ancient Roman hippocras, or mulled wine. The warmth of the Spanish coast eventually inspired the chilled version we enjoy today.
|Ready to party|
|Just sweet enough|
The fruit can be chopped ahead, but it's best to mix this up fresh before serving for maximum sparkle.
1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh cherries, halved and pitted
2 cups unsweetened cherry juice
1 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
Ice, to fill pitcher
1 bottle sparkling wine, such as Cava, chilled
Begin by slicing the fruit and pitting the cherries, tipping them into a serving pitcher.
|Slice to meet you|
|Let it flow|