When you’re looking for a fun drink to go with your summer party (maybe for that July 4th bash?) or to relax with on the back porch, nothing beats Sangria. Sangria’s popularity has spread across the nation quickly, but there are just so many recipes to choose from. What is Sangria, really?
Sangria originates from Spain and Portugal and is typically a dark-red color. Traditionally, it is a mix of wine, chopped up fruit, brandy, and a sweetener like sugar or simple syrup. The fruit can be any variety, with the most popular choices being citrus fruits, apple, peach, melons, berries, grapes, mango or kiwi fruit. Using different fruits can give the drink a slightly different taste and is fun to experiment with.
Once the drink is mixed, it’s placed in the fridge to steep and chill. This process can take a few hours or you can easily leave it for a few days to strengthen the taste of the fruit.
If you’d like to make your own Sangria at home, there are some wines that work better than others.
Spanish red wines such as Rioja or other strong hearty reds are great for Sangria. Syrah, Sangioves, and Chianti are other good choices. If you can't locate these particular wines, a good strong red wine works well.
Mulled wine is a good choice due to its full-bodied taste and its spices. If you do use mulled wine, try using pears for the fruit and a mix of orange juice and lemonade for sweetness.
You can also make white sangria, which is made with white wine; Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc will work best with the fruit while holding their own. If you’re making a white wine sangria, try using sugar, lemon, peaches, and mint.
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