How to Make Green Sangria

09/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Basic sangria recipes combine wine, fresh fruit, sugar, brandy, and cinnamon--ingredients that can weigh heavily on the environment as a result of long shipping routes, heavy pesticide use, and water-intensive farming practices. For a greener version of the red Spanish punch, try sweetening sangria with honey from a nearby farmers market and opting for organic seasonal fruits and local wines. One of sangria's biggest virtues is its adaptability: No peaches? Pears work fine. No brandy? No worries--choose your next-favorite liqueur. So if some of the basics aren't in season or locally available, you can get creative and swap in the season and region's best offerings.

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