Often, sugar is added to sangria. I prefer a drier wine cocktail, so that what I wanted to do for my first recipe. I like my sangria to taste like wine and fruit. If you would like it sweeter, add 1/4 C super fine sugar, honey, or agave syrup. Whisk it into a small amount of the liquid (the rum or a little bit of wine) to easily incorporate. There are sooo many different recipes out there and infinite possibilities with sangria. This is one, simple recipe that has a little twist with the dark rum. I will
Don't you love the orange pitcher? I'm pretty sure it is older than I am.
Dry, Red Sangria
1 bottle medium-bodied red wine (Merlot, Shiraz, or a Cab-blend)
1/2 C dark rum
2 C orange juice
1 medium orange
1 large lemon
1 large lime
1 1/2 C grapes
Place grapes in freezer for at least 1 day. These will be used as ice cubes.
Thinly slice citrus fruit. Place in the bottom of the pitcher and lightly mash with a wooden spoon. Add wine, rum and juice. Stir. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, 24 hours is better. Add frozen grapes to each glass or to pitcher at service.
If you are patient enough to let the grapes freeze all the way, they will float.