I went for coffee with my friend this week and she gave me a great idea. She showed me one Russian Deli shop on Centre Road where you can buy beautiful genuine Spanish Sangria Wine for $8.99 1Litle. This brand tastes better than any other ones. She also told me a recipe how to make a marvelous punch out of this wine - delish for summer. It will also keep you cool as it is light and flavorsome. (BTW, while we were standing at the shop chatting about Sangria punch recipe the owner approached us and gave me a bottle of Sangria bottle free of charge. His gift followed his words: "Here we go - remember me as Mr. Zhvanetski" Please meet Dmitri Driker). Well, I have to admit I will come back to this shop this Friday to buy more - this is what you call customer service. The recipe is here:
Yield 8 Servings 2/3 cup lemon juice 1/3 cup orange juice 1/4 cup sugar 1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine Strain juices. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Mix juice mixture and wine. Add ice. Garnish each serving with twist of lemon peel if desired.
In a large pitcher or a punch bowl, add all of the ingredients. Stir well. Place in a refrigerator or add a fancy ice sculpture to it to keep chilled. Keep the punch chilled until serving. The punch bowl can be garnished with chopped fruit or fruit frozen in to ice cubes. Oranges, cherries and limes look nice added to the pitcher or the side of the serving glass. Serve in wine glasses, margarita glasses or tall tumblers. If you are having a large party, the recipe can be doubled as long as you have a container large enough to hold all of the mixture.
Thoroughly chill all ingredients. Pour the wine, brandy and Cointreau into a large punch bowl. Stir orange and lemon juice with the sugar until sugar has dissolved. Then add to bowl and stir to blend. Add ice cubes and soda and garnish with fruit slices. Serve in 4-ounce punch glasses or wineglasses.