Simple Sangria

As soon as the weather begins to get nice, I start craving summery food and drink. I start making copious amounts of pasta salad and grill outside every chance I get. Yesterday I spent over an hour outside, soaking up sun (I burnt a bit) and reading. After all the sweating, I wanted something refreshing. I have always wanted to make sangria, so I suggested it to Tom and we whipped it up with what was in his fridge.

3 cups of red wine
1 whole orange
1 whole apple
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lemon lime soda or club soda
2 tbsp sugar

Cut half of the orange into thin rounds. Squeeze the other half to make fresh orange juice. Then add the wine, lemon juice, other orange juice, soda and sugar and stir. Add the fresh fruit and crush a bit with a spoon to get more of the juices out. Let sit for a few hours for best results.

If you have any other fruits laying around, throw them in. The more fruit, the more flavor. Now that I've tried this once, I want to make it again trying different types of wines and juices.

Looking for a dish to bring to your Cinco de Mayo party? Pair this sangria or some Mexican beer with my crowd pleasing Five Layer Dip.