Sometimes you get a bit tired of Budweiser for the 4th (especially now that it isn't exactly, ahem, domestic). What to do when barley and hops don't get you into the holiday spirit? Try some Star Spangled Sangria!
Tools: Pitcher, tall barspoon
Servings: 6 cocktails
Ingredients: 1 bottle of white wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier or Pinot Gris are all good choices), 1/3 cup white sugar, 3 oranges, sliced, 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 Granny Smith apple, all sliced, 4 oz. Brandy or Cointreau, ½ liter of Club Soda or Ginger ale (for those with a sweeter tooth!)
Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the orange, lemon and lime into the wine. Add brandy and sugar, stirring to combine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible). Chill mixture overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
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