What to drink at a hot summer party? Well, a big pitcher of cold, refreshing sangria of course! Thanks Elizabeth for reminding me that it’s sangria time. Here’s my easy, foolproof sangria recipe that will “stand up” not only to the heat, but any kind of appetizer as well. Not too sweet, not a fruit cocktail but a simply delicious wine cocktail over lots of cool bracing ice.

2 Large Oranges
2 Lemons
2 Limes
2 Cups of Cointreau or other Orange Liquour
2 Bottles of Inexpensive Red or White Wine
Step One
Cut your Oranges, Lemons and Limes into thin slices (cut your orange in half so it will fit in a glass) Place your fruit in 2 zippy bags.
Step Two
Use Cointreau (first choice, but soooo expensive) to cover the fruit. Place in the freezer for 1-2 days. The fruit will not freeze completely because of the alcohol in the liquor, but it will turn into slush.
Step Three
Place your wine in the fridge to get it really cold. When ready to serve, pour the wine in a big pitcher, put in the contents of your frozen bags, and stir-stir-stir. Then sift a little powdered sugar over it to taste. (Tasting is the secret here – don’t make it too sweet!) To enjoy, use a large wine glass with lots of ice. As you pour, slosh in a little fruit as well!

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