WineHacker – What to do with extra Red

It happens to everyone. You open a bottle of red (whatever varietal) and you don’t get back to it for a few days. If its not perfectly preserved it will never taste the same and more often than not it will taste pretty awful. What can you do with it? There is an answer other than “throw it out”. Save it for Sangria! You don’t want to use your best wine to create Sangria so left over wine, while OK to drink but not very tasty, is perfect to use in a nice Sangria. Here’s a recipe…


  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 gallon red Burgundy
  • 1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 quart club soda

Combine and marinate overnight the orange, lemon, sugar, red wine, liqueur and bay leaves. Add the brandy. Just before serving, add club soda and some ice.

Great for parties and BBQs. Got left over white wine thats not to your liking? Thats right, White Sangria or “Sangria Blanco”:

White Sangria

  • 1 small lemon, sliced thin
  • 1 small orange, sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 peach, peeled, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup peach schnapps
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine, chilled

Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher. Stir the sangria until the sugar is dissolved. Chill for 1 hour.

Strain the sangria into wine glasses and garnish with strawberries and sliced kiwifruit.

You can get history and other info on Sangria fom this Sangria page.

Enjoy the Wine Life!

Author: Joel Vincent

Growth Hacker and wine lover

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