My Boozy Red Wine Sangria with an Indian Twist

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Things you will need:

  • Dry Red Wine- 1 bottle
  • Ginger- 1 inch stick sliced finely
  • Apple- 1 cut up into large slices
  • Orange- 1 sliced
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Fruit Brandy such as Balkan Rakia or Austrian Schnapps- 1/2 cup
  • Lemon Soda- Sprite, 7 Up or Gaseosa

For the spiced syrup:

  • Whole Black Pepper- 1/4 teaspoon crushed
  • Cardamom powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Star Anise
  • Cinammon- 2 inch stick crushed
  • Ginger- a fat 2 inch stick, crushed
  • Sugar- 1 cup
  • Water- 1 cup

How to go about it:

  1. First step is the spiced sugar syrup. Boil one cup of water with a two inch stick of crushed ginger, half a teaspoon of cardamom powder, quarter teaspoon of crushed black pepper, two pieces of star anise, a two inch long cinnamon stick. Once the mixture starts boiling, add one cup sugar to it and keep stirring for a good6-7 minutes till the liquid achieves a nice, syrupy consistency. Strain into a glass bottle and cool. This can be left in the fridge for around a week.
  2. Next, Add the dry red wine to a deep vessel. Add 1/2 cup of any clear fruit brandy such as any Balkan Rakia or the Austrian Schnapps, the juice of one orange, about quarter a cup of the spiced sugar syrup (more depending on how sweet you want it) and stir it all up well. Slice an orange, an apple and the ginger and add it all to the Sangria. Leave the mixture in the fridge to ferment for a minimum of three hours.
    When ready to serve, top this up with any kind of lime soda (Sprite or 7 up or Gaseosa), ice cubes and serve cold.

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