It has been some years since I have had sangria. The last time would have been in London, England. I have never made sangria before but the gift of a couple of bottles of a friend’s homemade Pinot Noir prompted me to make it and it has now become my 2012 signature summer drink.
Sangria is really nothing more than a wine punch. It is typically associated with Spain, Portugal, and Mexico but is also popular now in other areas of the world as well, particularly as a summer time drink. While it can be made with white or rosé wines, classic sangria is made with red wine. A small amount of brandy is also a common ingredient. Chopped fruit — often citrus — is also a usual ingredient and what you add to it basically consists of what you have available. Lemonade or orange juice can also be added and the addition of a sweetener, such as sugar or honey, is included in the list of ingredients, too. These ingredients get mixed together and left for an hour or two to allow the flavours to blend. Sangria can be drunk without the addition of a carbonated soda but adding lemon-lime soda, Sprite, 7-Up, or gingerale, certainly adds fizz and spark to the drink and I think makes it more refreshing.
Mix the sangria in a lovely glass pitcher so that you can enjoy the deep burgundy-red color of the drink as well as the mixture of fruits floating in the punch. I like to serve the sangria over ice in tall pedestal flutes.
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By July 14, 2012Published:
- Yield: 4 Servings
- Prep: 1 hr 30 mins
A deep, rich burgundy-red wine punch
- 1/4 lemon
- 1/4 lime
- 1/4 orange
- 1/4 apple
- 4-5 strawberries sliced
- 1 tbsp sugar
- sprinkle fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp brandy
- 3/4 cup red wine
- 1 355ml can of soda
- Chop fruit. Set aside.
- Pour wine, orange juice, and brandy in to a glass pitcher. Add sugar and salt. Stir.
- Add chopped fruit. Let stand for at least an hour at room temperature to let flavours blend. Then, refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to cool. Add the carbonated soda at time of serving. Serve over ice in pedestal flutes. Enjoy!
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