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We found this sangria recipe, did some tweaking, and served to rave reviews for a recent shindig.  Thought we would share (as all good belles do)…

The key elements to a good, traditional sangria…fruit (apples & oranges), a liquor (we went with Grand Marnier), orange juice, and a fruity, dry Spanish red wine (a Tempranillo or Rioja)

The process is quick and easy.  Cut your fruit…

take a moment to muddle the oranges with your liqueur… 

 do the rest of your mixin’ and you’ll be sippin’ before you know it!!

Belle-ringin’ Sangria

1/2 apple, cored and chopped

1 orange, sliced into small pieces 

2 T sugar

1/4 c Grand Marnier

3/4 c orange juice

1 bottle dry Spanish red wine (Tempranillo or Rioja)


1 orange, sliced, for garnish 

Place apple and orange pieces in pitcher and add sugar.  Muddle well.  Add Grand Marnier and orange juice and muddle again.  Add red wine and stir well.  Add ice and stir to chill.  Serve in wine glasses garnished with orange segments.