The Spanish had a great idea when it came to beating hot summer afternoon thirst by mixing full-blooded red wine with cooling citrus juices. Called Sangria, literally ‘bloody’, Sangria is a staple in restaurants in Spain and Portugal, as well as popular in Mexican restaurants here in North America.

But what about those people who are not keen on red wine in the hot sun or those, like myself, who are seldom if ever drinkers.

Here’s a recipe for Sangria that can be enjoyed by all, including children.


  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 fresh Lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 fresh Orange, sliced
  • 1 Small Apple or Peach, cut into wedges
  • 4 Cups Club Soda or Seltzer Water
  • 4 Cups Grape Juice
  • In a large pitcher combine Orange Juice, Sugar and Grape Juice.
  • Add cut fruit and stir until Sugar is dissolved.
  • Refrigerate until cool and add Seltzer Water or Club Soda just before serving.

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