Red Wine Sangria:
-8 ounces sweet vermouth
-2 750 ml bottles of red wine: I like a fruity wine for sangria & really for this there is no need for an expensive brand. I think I used a Beringer Sweet Red & it worked out really well.
-15 oz fruit juice: I prefer cranberry. A friend once subbed in cherry juice & to be honest it was not to my taste
-10 oz Grenadine syrup
-1 large orange, peeled & sliced, watch out for seeds
-2 lemons, peeled & sliced, watch out for seeds
-any fruits you have a liking for
I recommend making this the night before so it has time to soak, but it should taste fine even if you make it the morning of.
Smush up slices of the lemon & orange with a small amount of the wine - try to leave them relatively whole though if you think people will want to eat them (but warn them that fruit really soaks up alcohol!). While that soaks, start measuring out the other liquids into the pitcher. Start with the wine, the vermouth, then the wine+lemon/orange slices. The cranberry juice, & the grenadine go last into the pitcher. I would suggest putting them in last and tasting after the cranberry & while you pour in the grenadine so that you can control the flavor to your own liking. The amounts I listed are what I have found to be successful with my friends. Use the simple syrup to sweeten it up if needed ( I usually find it tastes better with at least some in it). If you like fruit chunks in your sangria then go ahead and add those in as well. I believe peaches & cherries tend to be popular though I usually just use the orange and lemon.
Let it soak & then enjoy responsibly!
I made 2 batches of this for a football party & between the 7 of us it was gone before the 3rd quarter ended.