Food: New Year's Sangria
I made this for my folks during over New Year's Eve dinner, based on a recipe from Sara Moulton. It's strong due to all the liquor (essentially, it's like spiking the punch at a party, except this punch is 10% alcohol by volume), but perhaps not as crazy as other sangria recipes, where they throw in stuff like pineapples.
1 orange, sliced thinly
1 lemon, sliced thinly
2 tablespoons sugar (more or less depending on how sweet you want it)
1/2 cup cognac
1/4 cup orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier)
1 bottle dry red wine (the better the wine, the better the sangria)
1 cup club soda
Lots of ice cubes
Muddle the fruit and sugar together. Add the cognac, orange liqueur, and red wine and put the whole deal into the fridge for a few hours (ideally, you make this part in the morning and let it sit until your evening party). When you're ready to serve, add the ice cubes and the club soda. Makes around 8 glasses.