There are a gazillion ways to make sangria, the traditional Spanish drink made of wine and spirits. Supposedly, locals don’t drink it and it’s more of a tourist thing. Whatever. It’s a tasty, inexpensive way to entertain.

I like to serve this red wine sangria in the cooler months. The cinnamon makes it cozy. It’s a nice alternative to mulled wine.

Here’s how I make mine.

You’ll need:

A cheap bottle of red wine (dry)

Brandy (I like flavored, you can do plain)

3 cinnamon sticks

1 red apple

1 green apple

1 orange

Apple juice

Sugar to taste

How to make it:

  1. Rinse and cut up your fruit. Core the apples and cut the oranges into wheels.
  2. Put your fruit in the brandy. Do this a day ahead of time.
  3. Add the wine, stir and taste.
  4. If it’s too strong for you, add apple juice. If you’d like it sweeter, add sugar and juice.
  5. Throw in your cinnamon sticks a few hours ahead of time.
  6. Serve over ice with an apple or orange slice.

Warning: The fruit is HIGHLY alcoholic. Careful!