I am so ready for fall, but it is still pretty warm here in Northern California. What I desperately want is a cocktail that tastes like fall, but also helps me stop sweating through my seasonally appropriate outfit in the 80 degree heat (note: not seasonally appropriate). Thus was born this sangria recipe, out of the necessity to use up a very cheap bottle of red wine, and a slight over-reaction to the terrible sangria I ordered at dinner the other night (mostly orange juice and warm, yuck).
This sangria is on the tart and bitter side, and the gin lets you know that there is alcohol in it. I fully recommend messing with the proportions to your liking.
1 bottle of cheap red wine
2 cups of cranberry juice
1/4 cup Gin
1/4 cup Campari
Top with sparkling water
Garnish with apple slices
Combine all ingredients except the sparkling water in a pitcher, pour into glasses and top with sparkling water. Best if chilled for several hours prior to drinking.
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