Who doesn't love a good Sangria? It's got the juice! Okay, I admit, that was a little corny. However, this sangria has the flavors of several different fruits that work together beautifully. Plus, it helps you put all of the fruit in your fridge to good use. Let's be real, sometimes it's funner to drink our fruit. Here goes... also, feel free to sub lightly sweetened cranberry juice for a non-alcoholic version. Whatever you do, don't waste your top wine on this. A good $10 bottle will do.
1/2 pint strawberries (fresh is best, thawed frozen is great)
1/2 cup water
1 pear (you choose the type), cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 red apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 granny smith apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 navel orange, sliced in half-moon wedges
1/4 cup of juice from the other half of your orange.
1 750 ml bottle of medium-dry red wine (I used a basic Cabernet)
Add strawberries and water to a small pot. Bring them to a boil until the strawberries begin to soften and the water begins to evaporate into a light syrup. About 3-5 mins. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Keeping the peel in tact, use the blade of your knife to press the apple and pear pieces until you see some of the juice begin to come out. Dump them all in you favorite pitcher, including the oranges.
Add the cooled strawberry syrup, and orange juice.
Pour the wine over and stir. Allow to sit for at least an hour, covered. You can make this a day or two in advance for a real treat.