Shoogie Sunset Sangria

It's that time again where on Sunday we have our family get together.  Now, the one thing I must have at every family get together is wine...whether it be white, red, pink, sparkling, or in the form of something delicious, refreshing, and just plain yummy...also known as Sangria.  I am a believer in making it up to a week ahead of time and letting it sit in the mashed and cut up fruit...that way I don't ever have to add any sugar into it.  But if you don't have that long or just need to whip up an overnight batch, you most certainly could add some in the mix to your liking.  So here is one of my secret sangria recipes...I guess it's not a secret anymore :)  I call this baby:

Makes about 2 gallons

2 bottles of red wine (I use a tempranillo and a red blend)
32 oz. Pure Pomegranate juice
1 Cup Rum
3/4 Cup OJ (fresh squeezed)
1 pint blueberries, smashed
2 oranges, sliced and quartered
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
5 whole cloves
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

2 L sparkling flavored water (I usually use cherry, strawberry, citrus, or strawberry, or a combination of them)

*Mix all of the ingredients except the sparkling water into a large 2 gallon or more container
*Let sit (at least overnight, but 3-5 days is better)
*Day of party or when you want to drink it, add in the sparkling flavored water.
*Scoop out "Drunk Fruit" and place in serving glass, on top of ice and sangria.

Thoroughly enjoy this with a big smile on your face.  Goodness knows Jesus turned water into wine for a reason, and I am thinking if Sangria was around then, this is probably what he turned that water into.  


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