Paul’s Sangria

1 bottle hearty, dry, red wine (750 ml)

1 bottle red grape juice (1.5 to 2 qts according to sweetness)

1 lemon

1 lime

3 oranges



Juice the lemon, lime and one orange. Do not strain away incident pulp; it adds character. Mix this with the wine and grape juice. Refrigerate all ingredients and stick a large glass serving pitcher and tall glasses in the freezer. Just before serving, slice the remaining oranges, put them in the pitcher and then pour in the juice and wine mix. Fill the glasses with ice and then bring everything to the table. The idea is to consume a chilled drink just the way you mixed it, not watered down by ice. So make sure you serve it cold and drink it down before the ice thins it. If you do everything right, you should end up with a colorful presentation that goes down like grape juice and assaults the senses like malt liquor. If this offends some of your guests, they can lighten the concoction with lemon-lime soda without losing the general idea of the flavor.

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