Last Call

Five Tips for Making the Best Sangria Ever

Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column.

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Congratulations, you've almost made it to Labor Day Weekend, the ceremonial Last Day of Summer. At many parties and barbecues this weekend, people everywhere will crack open a nice cold beer. Indeed, even I, your faithful cocktail muse, will likely enjoy a couple of brews with friends this weekend. But, there's another option that barely takes any more effort than opening a beer. That option is sangria. Everyone seems to think their recipe is best. And, many of them are pretty good; sangria is a laid-back drink that takes well to variation. Really good sangria is more about solid technique than any specific recipe. Here's how to take your sangria to the next level.