Texas Pete® Hotter Hot Sangria
• 2 Lemons, large
• 2 Limes, large
• 2 Oranges, large
• 3/4 cup Granulated sugar
• 1 bottle Malbec wine
• 1/3 cup Brandy
• 1/3 cup Triple sec
• 1-2 tsp Texas Pete® Hotter Hot Sauce
• 1 quart Club soda, ice cold
1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the outermost layers of the lemons, limes and oranges. You may get a small amount of the white pith from the peels but there is no need to discard or remove it. You should end up with about 1 cup of peeled citrus zest.
2. Squeeze the juice from the lemons, limes and oranges and place the juice along with the peeled citrus zest in a medium-sized saucepot. Add the granulated sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Allow the citrus simple syrup steep for 30 minutes. After steeping, strain it through a fine mesh strainer and place the simple syrup in the refrigerator to chill.
3. While the simple syrup is chilling prepare the red wine base. Pour the bottle of red wine into a large serving pitcher followed by the triple sec, brandy and the chilled simple syrup. Mix well.
4. Add 1 teaspoon of Texas Pete® Hotter Hot Sauce to the sangria base and mix well. This is the time to taste it and see if it is spicy enough for your liking. Add up to 1 more teaspoon if you like it spicier. Keep the sangria base and the club soda separate and ice cold until you are ready to serve.
5. Serve the sangria chilled. Mix 2 parts sangria base to 1 part club soda and serve immediately.