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If you live in the South — and especially in North Carolina — you know Cheerwine is a big deal. For those missing out, its a magical cherry soda reminiscent of Dr. Pepper, and apparently it tastes great in sangria.

At least, that’s according to celebrity chef Alton Brown.

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On a recent visit to a Durham, N.C., tapas restaurant, the “Cutthroat Kitchen” star was so inspired by the Cheerwine sangria they served that he hacked his own recipe from memory.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 4 ounces triple sec
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 1 teaspoon cherry bitters
  • 4 ounces frozen peaches, chopped
  • 4 ounces frozen mango, chopped
  • 1 small lemon, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 small lime, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 (12 ounce) bottles Cheerwine, chilled

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If you live in a place that doesn’t know the magic of Cheerwine yet, you can order it on Amazon.

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