Sangria

Its that time of year, you end up with a houseful of friends or relatives… or both.  This mix gets everyone in a festive mood and goes far.  So lets kick off the winter months with a bit of Feliz Navida!

1 lemon, cut into wheels
1 orange, cut into wheels
3/4 cup St. Germain
3/4 cup Chareau
1/4 cup crème de violette
1/2 cup simple syrup
5 sprigs of mint
5 sprigs of thyme
2 bottles rosé wine
Champagne, for topping
Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish

In a large nonreactive container (that means something like glass or wood), combine the lemon and orange wheels, St. Germain, Chareau, crème de violette, simple syrup, mint, thyme and wine. Cover and set aside in a cool dark place for 48 hours. Strain. To serve, pour 4 ounces over ice in a Collins glass, and top with Champagne.

Garnish with fresh thyme.
Serves 10

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