2 750-ml bottles of dry white wine
1/2 cup granulated sugar (super fine sugar, if you have it)
1/2 cup brandy, armagnac, or Calvados (an apple brandy)
2 tbsp. apple juice or apple cider
1 cup seedless green grapes
1 green or red apple, cored and sliced
1 pear, cored and sliced
1 peach or nectarine, sliced
1 small lime, sliced
1 750-ml bottle sparkling wine or champagne
Mint sprigs & strawberry, lemon and/or lime slices for garnish
1. Pour the wine into a large glass bowl or container. Stir in the sugar until dissolved.
2. Add all the remaining ingredients, cover, and refrigerate at least 4-5 hours (preferably overnight), stirring occasionally.
3. To serve: Add ice (about halfway up) to each glass, fill with sangria, and top with a splash of sparkling wine or champagne.
4. Garnish with mint sprigs, strawberries, lemon and/or lime slices and fresh fruit from the sangria mixture.