First of all, let me just say that I am not a drinker. As a matter of fact, I’ve only finished one drink in my lifetime and felt extremely sick afterward (actually, it was probably because I had bad fish right before). Since then, I only take sips every now and then of my DB’s drink. Liquor is just not my thing. It tastes bad, doesn’t make me feel good, and it’s just a ton of empty calories. I say, save the calories for a red velvet cupcake!

The three drinks that I will make an exception for are Japanese beer, champagne sherbet ice cream floats, and my DB’s grandma’s sangria. When I first moved up to Berkeley, I had a craving for sangria so I decided to give it a go.

Although this one was good, it wasn’t my DB’s grandma’s. I added more fruit and backed down on the liquor, but the recipe is mainly from AllRecipes.



  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups carbonated water


  1. In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar.
  2. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime in the mixture.
  3. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.




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