This recipe is adapted from the traditional Moroccan mint tea, where green tea is used instead of black, but still with an abundance of fresh spearmint. It is delicious served over ice, but you can also enjoy it warm too at other times of the year.
Developed at E2 Emeril's Eatery in Charlotte, NC, this is the perfect cocktail for lounging by the pool, hanging out on the boat or just sitting on the back porch. It's simple to put together and can be made in large batches, just in case you have guests.
The perfect julep to serve at your next outdoor celebration. Make the mint syrup up to several weeks ahead and keep it chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready to whip up a batch of these for guests.
Depending on the type of red wine you use, whether it is light bodied like a Beaujolais or deep and rich like a Cabernet, add the sparkling water to taste. Sangria is best enjoyed the day it is made, otherwise the oils from the citrus rind begin to impart flavor.