The beauty of Sangria is that you can truly make it your own and is seemingly impossible to mess up. I mean the worse that can happen is that you have to add more alcohol or sugar! So after searching through several different recipe's, I decided to create my own. I marinated the fruit in Grand Marnier and Southern Comfort before adding the wine, and with the addition of brandy and simple syrup, makes this a beautifully balanced, sweet, fruity, highly alcoholic mixture that I hope you make and enjoy!
You should save some of the fresh fruit to garnish your glasses with!
First get yourself a large pretty glass dispenser. I got mine at Target.
Core the apple and slice it into rounds. Slice the orange into rounds. Do not peel either. Layer into bottom of dispenser.
Add to dispenser, raspberries, blackberries, grapes (sliced in half), pomegranates, and cranberries.
Pour 1/2 a cup of Grand Marnier and 1/2 a cup of Southern Comfort on top of the fruit. It won't cover it all, but I just left it out for about 2 hours and let the fruit marinate while spooning the liquid over it periodically, like basting a turkey. It makes a very tasty infusion.
In the meantime.... make a simple syrup and put on a movie. I watched A Christmas Carol! The simple syrup is easy... boil 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar until dissolved, then refrigerate until ready to use.
So after about 2 hours, pour 4 bottles of a decent dry red wine into the dispenser with the marinated fruit. I used 2 different types of wine only because I didn't realize how large my dispenser is and I only bought 2 bottles of the Protocola but I had some more wine lying around so I just used that.
Pour 1 cup of Brandy into the wine and fruit mixture along with the chilled simple syrup. Mix it all up and chill at least 4 hours. I chilled mine overnight for Christmas dinner the next day.
You can add a bottle of club soda or sparkling mineral water to the mixture once your ready to serve, or you can add it to individual glasses. It just depends on your tastes. Enjoy!!