This past gorgeous hot weekend said one thing to me … Sangria!  I made it Friday night, and by the time the guests were here Saturday night, it was delicious!  I’ve been making this Sangria for so long that I can’t remember where I got the original recipe from.  You can make it your own – just use good, fresh fruit, and you must absolutely chill it for 24 hours.  Enjoy!

Really Good Sangria

1 bottle of red wine (Cabernet, Rioja, Shiraz); 1 lemon cut into wedges; 1 orange cut into wedges; 1 lime cut into wedges; 1 cup of sliced strawberries or whole raspberries; 1 small can of diced pineapple with its juice; 2 tablespoons sugar; splash of orange juice; 2 shots of gin (you can be generous).

In a really big glass pitcher, pour in the bottle of red wine (or use a really fine rosé  like the one I had in Montreal last summer – sooooo good), and then gently squeeze the juice from all of your fruit wedges into the pitcher, and throw the wedges in as well.  Add the berries, pineapple, sugar, orange juice and gin.  Stir gently and chill overnight.

Right before serving, add ice and 4 cups ginger ale.  Cheers to you!