My husband and I just visited Florida, and we ate at the Columbia restaurant in Longboat Key.  We ordered the Sangria that is made table side, and it was the best Sangria we have ever had.  I happened to pop into the store they have at the restaurant, and I saw the recipe for the drink in one of their cookbooks.  We can’t wait to re-create this wonderful drink at home.  


1 bottle red wine, Spanish
(preferably from Rioja)
ΒΌ brandy
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 cup club soda
Orange slices
Maraschino cherries

Mix all ingredients (except orange slices and cherries) in a large pitcher. Stir with a wooden spoon until well mixed. Pour into large wine glasses. Garnish with orange slices and cherries.

If desired, add ice to pitcher. Serves 4

Recipe: The Columbia Restaurant-Spanish Cookbook