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It wouldn’t be Melbourne Cup without a mid-afternoon drink or two! Instead of the usual bubbly, why not mix up a batch of cherry sangria and serve it in your prettiest carafe?

Serves: 6


Ingredients:

750ml red or white wine (a spicy shiraz or fresh sauvignon blanc is perfect)

1/4 cup caster sugar

1 orange

1 lemon

1 lime

1 litre lemonade

300g pitted cherries, halved


Method:

1. Combine the wine and sugar in a large jug.


2. Thinly slice the orange, lemon and lime and add to the wine mixture.


3. Stir in the cherries and chill for at least 1 hour (or up to three days).


4. When ready to serve, add the lemonade and serve over lots of ice. Alternately, serve the wine and the lemonade in separate carafes and allow people to mix the sangria themselves, to their taste!

What are you serving this Melbourne Cup?