Sangria is the perfect party drink since it can be made in big batches and is best when mixed in advance.  Traditionally, sangria is made with red wine.  During the summer, serve rosé sangria instead: It’s light enough for warmer weather and still goes well with grilled meat.  Here is a basic recipe for rosé sangria, which can easily be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your party.


Rosé Sangria (serves 4)

1 bottle dry rosé wine, preferably Spanish or French

1 cup orange juice

½ cup brandy

½ cup triple sec

¼ cup simple syrup or agave nectar

3 cups sliced assorted fresh fruit (oranges, lemons, limes, apples, blackberries and/or watermelon)

Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher.  Add additional sweetener (simple syrup or agave) to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours.  Serve straight up or over ice.