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After our recent trip to Chicago to see a friend and partaking of some Sangria at Cafe Iberico, I decided to do a riff on Sangria of my own.

Red Sangria
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1 bottle 750ml Red Wine Рcheap is good, in this case I used Sutter Home Zinfandel  which was a whole $6 at the County Market
1/3 cup. Orange Juice
1/3 cup simple syrup w/ kirschwasser (Lucky’s choice sprinkling on her cakes)
1/3 cup Triple Sec
1/3 cup Brandy / I used Calvados because it is what I had

1 cup white grapes split

1 cup blue berries

1 cup strawberries split

2 plums sectioned
1 lime sectioned
1 cup cherries split
1 long sprig mint
2 sprigs basil
3 whole star anise
Seltzer water *we just used Faygo flavored water for top up

In a large pitcher combine all fruit;blueberries, strawberries, grapes, plums, limes, cherries and herbs (mint and basil) and spices (star anise).   Pour in 1 bottle of wine and other components; triple sec, brandy, syrup and orange juice. Stir to combine. Put in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.
To serve, portion some fruit into a glass, then pour the glass 3/4 full. Top up with seltzer.

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