Sangria is an easy drink to throw together for a party or gathering, particularly since you can make a large batch ahead of time. When I’m playing hostess and running around, I can’t always make sure people have drinks at all times as well. Instead I fill a large dispenser or carafe with sangria and let people fill up on this fruity punch as needed! Using one with a spout like this one from Home Depot makes for easy refills!
Based on experience, I have found that the most successful parties occur when people have full glasses and full stomachs. While sangria can be served all year round, I like to change the fruit and other accompaniments seasonally.
I like to let the wine, triple sec, brandy, lemon juice and simple syrup marinate as it lets the flavors develop.
Then I keep from adding the fruit until serving so that it doesn’t get grainy and soft. I love to snack on the fruit once I’ve finished off a glass so I like to keep it fresh. Refrigerating the sangria before serving also keeps it chilled so the cocktail doesn’t get watered down when it’s served over ice.
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