Huh - I was expecting that to be “mock sangria” or something but I guess it’s a real alcoholic beverage in a bottle?
Thanks for all the suggestions! I wound up making up 3 pitchers:
1 red sangria: 2 bottles red wine, 1 cup each brandy, Cointreau and orange jiuice, and a splash of plain cranberry juice (unsweetened) because we had it and it seemed seasonally appropriate
1 white: 2 bottles white wine, 1 cup each brandy and peach schnapps, and one 12-ounce can apricot nectar, with the suggestion that people could mix it with ginger ale (sugar-based, not corn-syrup-based) or not as they chose. This was inspired by some of the links from this thread.
1 mock: somewhat-random quantities of peach nectar, apple juice, orange juice, and plain cranberry juice. That was also served with ginger ale, and was quite a hit.
The funny story from this evening: I’d put the mock sangria in a small pitcher for the gathering. When we were putting things away last night, that was nearly empty so we dumped it out and put the rest of the red sangria in it because it fit better in the fridge than the larger pitcher.
But today I wanted to get rid of the individual bottles of peach nectar etc. so I mixed that all up in a larger pitcher, which I put in the fridge for the kids (and us) to enjoy.
Fast forward to after dinner, and I mentioned to Dweezil (19 years old) that we had the stuff so he got himself some. A few minutes later I said “oh, and there’s ginger ale to mix in it”. He said “I did, and it’s still kiind of strong”.
“Dweezil: what pitcher did you pour that from?”.
“The small one”
“Whoops! That’s the real sangria”.
Peals of laughter from the rest of the family. “Oh, shut up!” from Dweezil.
We would not have any problem with him having real stuff - it’s home, we’re family, etc… but he was so annoyed!!