If you order sangría below the border, you may be surprised to find it's not laden with chunks of fruit and lacks the extra liqueur kick usually expected from Spanish sangría. Mexican Sangría is light and refreshing, like a grown-up wine cooler.
Makes about 1 1/2 gal.
3 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
12 cups water
1 (1-liter) bottle sparkling water
1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry red wine
Garnishes: lime and kumquat slices
Stir together sugar and fresh lime juice in a large punch bowl until sugar is dissolved. Stir in water, sparkling water, and wine. Serve over ice.
We tested with Ménage à Trois California Red Wine.