I was in Barcelona briefly and found myself at the Travel Bar; they held cooking nights every week. We learned to make the ubiquitous paella and sangria, which apparently are not novelties at all, just something thrown together with whatever ingredients happen to be on hand. They show up on Spanish menus for the enjoyment of tourists.This can be adjusted to suit your taste and is very forgiving. It can be made ahead or whipped up at a moment’s notice.

  • Yield: 2L
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 20 minutes
  • Active: 10 minutes

Ingredients (6)

  • 1.5L Red wine, preferably a cheap and dry table wine
  • lime soda, 7-up, mountain dew or similar
  • 1 oz+ brandy, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. sugar, to taste
  • a couple generous handfuls of ice
  • chopped fruit (apples, lemons and oranges or whatever you like)


  1. Pour wine and soda into jug. Add lots of ice.
  2. Add chopped fruit.
  3. Add generous amount of sugar and mix.
  4. Add brandy to taste.
  5. Stir and serve immediately or when the guests arrive!