As promised, my Sangria Recipe:
There is no exact recipe for this ever-popular Spanish red-wine-based drink, whose name is derived from the Spanish word for blood. In fact, were one to ask a thousand Spaniards for their recipe for Sangria, in all likelihood one would receive at least fifteen-hundred different recipes. The recipe below is the one we use in the Kronemer household.
1 bottle of Rioja
1/3 cup superfine sugar
2 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons orange curacao
1 apple cut up into small chunks
2 lemons, one juiced and one cut into small wedges
2 oranges, one juiced and one cut into small wedges
3 cups of ice cold club soda, seltzer, or sparkling mineral water
Pour sugar and a few tablespoons of warm water into a large glass pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the fruit, the juice, the brandy, the curacao, and the wine, stir again, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3-12 hours. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water, stir well, and pour into ice-filled glasses. Spoon a piece or two of the fruit into each glass as a garnish.