Cheap N' Easy Sangria
Looking to make a big batch of classic sangria on a budget? Look no further.
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Combine a bold red wine, like a red Meritage, with a splash of rum and orange liqueur. Add fresh and frozen fruit, then top up with club soda and suddenly you're able to serve 12 instead of four! Bonus? Frozen berries is cheaper than fresh berries. Extra bonus? Frozen berries will help keep the sangria cold. It's a win-win!
What's a red Meritage wine? A red Meritage is a blend of two or more of the red "noble" Bordeaux varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and the rarer St. Macaire, Gros Verdot and Carmenère. Red Meritage wines are known for their smooth, silky texture and complex, robust structure.
1/2 cup dark rum
1/3 cup orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large orange, halved and thinly sliced
2 cups frozen mixed berries, such as Kirkland Three Berry Blend
2 cups seltzer or club soda, chilled, plus more as needed
Place the wine, rum, orange liqueur, and sugar in a 2 1/2-quart or larger pitcher and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the orange slices and stir. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
When ready to serve, stir in the frozen mixed berries. Add the club soda and stir gently to combine. Taste and add more club soda if desired. Scoop a few pieces of fruit into ice-filled glasses before pouring the sangria.
Anita & Sheila ~ The Moms, Moms Sipping Sangria