imagesCAG2Q4ZISuperbly Sippable is how I describe this wonderful concoction.  Always a delicious hit! The dried fruit in this sangria absorbs the alcohol like a sponge.  You were warned….


  • ½ cup dried apples
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 x bottles Merlot
  • 2 cups seltzer
  1. Place all ingredients, except seltzer, in a large pot.  Cook and stir mixture until it comes to a gentle boil.  Remove from heat, and let cool.  Transfer to a pitcher.
  2. Cover and let flavors blend for a few hours.  Before serving remove vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks.  Stir in seltzer.
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