Now we don’t condone drinking excessive amounts of alcohol but if you are reading this and have survived another year of keeping your kids alive and educated then, dammit, here’s cheers to you, dear parent! You’ll no doubt get a bottle of wine or two given to you this festive season – here’s a great way to easily turn that bottle into some yummo summer cocktails. Just add friends!

Chrissy sangria


  • 1 bottle of white or red wine
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 60ml brandy
  • 2 cups ginger ale
  • orange wedges
  • lemon wedges
  • lime wedges
  • fresh mint, to garnish

Method: Add ice to a large pitcher. Pour in all sangria ingredients and stir. Garnish with mint before serving.



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