My dad’s sangría


  • Serves 6 people

  • 3 oranges
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 lemon, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 cinnamon quills
  • 90 ml Spanish brandy (see note)
  • 90 ml Ponche Caballero (see note)
  • 750 ml full-bodied red wine such as tempranillo
  • 250 ml (1 cup) soda water, or to taste
01   Remove rind from 1 orange in a long strip with a vegetable peeler, stud cloves along rind, place in a jug. Peel remaining oranges (discard peel), coarsely chop, add to jug with lemon, sugar, cinnamon, brandy and Poncho Caballero. Refrigerate overnight to infuse.
02   Add ice cubes and red wine to jug, top up with soda to taste and serve immediately.
Note Javier prefers to use Carlos III Solera Reserva brandy. Ponche Caballero is an orange-flavoured liqueur. Substitute with another orange-flavoured liqueur. Both are available from select bottle shops.
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