Mexican Red Wine Cooler with Fresh Lime

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No, you’re not imagining things- there have been a lot of alcoholic beverages around here lately.  And that trend is going to continue through next week.  After that, I’m cutting myself off for a bit.  But until then, let the good times roll…

This refreshing red wine cooler is like sangria’s slightly ghetto cousin.  But what it lacks in sophistication it makes up for in terms of ease and speed- the only additions to the wine are a fresh lime juice syrup and some sparkling water.  You’ll easily be able to make a batch in minutes.  And if you choose a fruity red, it’s actually very reminiscent of a Cape Codder.

Mexican Red Wine Cooler with Fresh Lime

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

* 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup water
* 3 cups red wine
* 1 cup sparkling water
* ice
* slices of lime for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Combine the lime juice, sugar and water in a pitcher and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the red wine and sparkling water and stir gently to combine. Pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lime, if desired.

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