Sangria for a Crowd

Fruity sangria that packs a serious punch!  Perfect for your next party.
Sangria is probably my favorite drink to make for summer gatherings – it’s so easy to throw together a pitcher with whatever you have on hand, and everyone seems to love it.  This is a pretty basic ‘recipe’, if you can even call it that, but it always seems to be popular.  I usually tone it down with some ginger ale, since it’s more fun to have multiple glasses throughout the night without regretting it in the morning.
Fruity sangra that packs a serious punch: perfect for your next party. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}
Combine in a large party bowl or two pitchers:

  • 2 bottles red wine (I usually use merlot)
  • 1/4 cup Grand Mariner
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 liter ginger ale
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 3 apples, cut into wedges
  • 1 small can of pineapple chunks, with juice

I usually make this a day ahead of time and add everything except the pineapple, which I add immediately before serving (otherwise the pineapple becomes too mushy).  Without the fruit, it will keep for up to 2 weeks – with the fruit, it’s best consumed within 2 days… but you probably won’t have any leftovers.
As a BzzAgent, sometimes I receive free things in the mail to review.  I made this sangria using E&J XO Brandy, purchased with a coupon sent to me by BzzAgent (the coupon was for $8 off; I spent my own money to cover the rest of the cost).  I am under no obligation to post a favorable review, but I was pleased with the brandy.  I am, by no means, a brandy connoisseur (it is one of the more under-utilized liquors on my shelf), but I will gladly continue to use the E&J XO Brandy in all my sangria!
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