A bit of gin is the unexpected element in this sangria. The juniper flavor it imparts, along with several of the berries themselves, gives the sangria an overarching freshness. Select pears that offer a slight yield when gently pressed, indicating ripeness.
makes 4 to 5 cups
Combine all of the ingredients in a large glass bowl or container (such as a 1⁄2-gallon Mason jar or canister). Stir with a wooden spoon to fully combine. Cover with a lid, place in the refrigerator, and steep for at least 4 hours, longer if possible. The longer the wine steeps, the more intense the flavors become.
Serve in individual glasses with ice. Store any unused portion in the refrigerator. Use within 1 week.
Note: If apple brandy is not available, substitute an equal amount of regular brandy.