I surprised my in-laws this Christmas by showing up with a pitcher of sangria to share. I did tweak the original recipe for the holidays - I used blackberry brandy, added maraschino cherries, and used Sprite zero instead of sugar and soda. I also did not marinate the apples and pears overnight, but added them just a few hours prior to serving. This way, the fruit looked pretty and did not soak up all of the sangria. I believe we have a new Christmas Day tradition. Cheers!
1/2 cup blackberry brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
1 large bottle red wine (I like yellow tail big bold red)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/3 cup orange juice
1 orange, sliced into rounds
12 maraschino cherries with splash of cherry juice
1 apple, thinly sliced
1 pear, thinly sliced
2 cups ginger ale or 7-up (add just before serving)
- In a large pitcher, mix together the blackberry brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and splash of cherry juice.
- Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.
- Chop fruit and add 2-3 hours prior to serving along with cherries.
- Add 7 up or ginger ale immediately before serving. Be sure to scoop a few cherries and fruit into each glass.