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Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

The pitcher of red wine dosed with a confetti of fruit and orange slices seemed so festive — until the next morning's headache. That was the old bastardized sangria, the one featured at patio parties in suburban America in the ... Read more

Total time: 15 minutes, plus chilling time | Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 bottle fruity red wine, such as a Garnacha
  • 5 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau, or other top-quality orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 splash ruby port
  • 1 orange, sliced into wheels and quartered
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and diced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 strip lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • Splash soda water
  • Fresh mint (optional)

Step 1Combine the wine, brandy, Cointreau, vodka, port, oranges, apples, cinnamon and lemon peel in a nonreactive container or bowl, and refrigerate for at least four hours. Pour the mixture into a pitcher filled halfway with ice. Add the orange juice and soda water, give a quick stir and serve. Be sure that each glass gets some ice and fruit. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if you’d like.

Note: Adapted from a recipe on José Andrés’ website


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