Virginia Autumn Harvest Sangria
Here is a drink to enjoy lingering warm days this autumn, but still with the flavors of a Virginia fall.
1 750ml bottle Virginia red wine (Here are 5 of our favorites!)
1/2 cup sugar
2 ounces blackberry liqueur
1 cup red grapes, halved
1 cup cherries, pitted
2 medium red Virginia apples cored; cut into large chunks
1 12-ounce bottle ginger ale
In a large pitcher, add red wine, sugar and blackberry liqueur and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add grapes, cherries and apple chunks, stir, and refrigerate an hour or two until chilled. Just before serving, top off with ginger ale.
Serve in tall glasses filled with ice. Yields 8–12 servings.
Note: we like Northern Neck Ginger Ale, which has its roots in Virginia.
Feel like skipping the sangria? Here are 5 red wines from Virginia that stand on their own.