Seeing as it's summer (almost), I thought I'd share with you this recipe for Spanish Sangria. It's great for summer BBQ's. Just be warned, it's quite strong so go easy people...
Triple Sec or Cointreau (or any orange flavoured liqueur)
Bianco Martini or Vermouth (you can use Dry if need be)
Fresh lemons, limes and oranges, diced or sliced
A large jug, something to stir with, and some ice
Mix the Martini, Brandy, and Triple Sec in equal measures in your jug, you need about 2-3 inches of this mixture in the bottom, depending on the size of the jug.
Add a tablespoon of sugar and stir in well.
Then add the chopped fruit and give it another good stir. I use a quarter of a lemon, quarter of a lime, and half an orange per jug.
Top up the remainder of the jug with the red wine and lemonade in equal measures.
Leave the Sangria in the fridge for a few hours before drinking it. It tastes much better when it has absorbed the juices from the fresh fruit.
Also it's better when the lemonade has gone flat. We leave the tops off the lemonade bottles off for a while first and give them the odd shake, it can get a bit messy though. Another way of taking the fizz out of lemonade is to put sugar in it, be warned though this creates a sort of lemonade fountain so sit the lemonade bottle in a large bowl if you're going to try this.
You can alter any of the quantities to your own taste but we find that these measures give it that authentic spanish flavour.