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Sangria Blanca Recipe

What you need:
1 bottle of dry white wine, chilled
1/2 cup of Cointreau
1/4 cup of sugar
10 ounces of club soda, chilled
Ice cubes
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 limes, thinly sliced
1 orange, halved and thinly sliced

How to prepare:
Combine wine, Cointreau and sugar until well blended in a glass pitcher. When ready to serve, stir in ice cubes and soda. Garnish with sliced fruit. Serve in clear, stemmed glasses.

Serves 6 to 8.

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