For the Love of Sangria
Sangria is my favorite spring and Summer beverage of choice. Spring is here and what are you drinking to quench your thirst?
You can’t let Spring come to an end without giving homage to sangria.
Sangria has surged in popularity over the last few years and is now a staple in my home. For a long time Sangria was viewed as the “bastard stepchild” of wine, according to Andrew Knowlton, associate editor of Bon Appetit. Too sweet and too sticky but of course I disagree.
Not your average summertime beverage
Sangria isn’t your average Spring/summer beverage it is simple, refreshing and easily tailored to your palate – All you will need is fresh fruit, wine, and brandy. Hopefully you will pick fruit from your local market.
From its humble roots in Spain, Sangria has grown to become a popular, refreshing party drink around the world. In the United States, Sangria was first tasted at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The Spanish World area served this fruity wine punch to its visitors, and history was made!
Sangria is traditionally a red wine punch. Spanish people from all walks of life enjoy this drink, creating it primarily with Rioja and other Spanish reds. Sangria can also be made with white wine. When made with white wine the sangria is then known as ‘Sangria Blanco’ (white sangria) . The Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) producing area soon created a sparkling white version
I start with an inexpensive Red or white wine –Garnacha (Grenache grown in Spain) generally has lower tannins, showcases rich red fruits, and has great acidity. These characteristics make Garnacha my personal go-to for making stellar red sangria. Next, I fuse Gran Gala which is the cheaper sister of Grand Marnier, Brandy, Pineapple juice, and I also use 2 cans of the Mexican Goya juices and mix with the fresh fruit and Viola!! I tried something differ over the 4th of July Holiday and it was a hit. I blended the fruit in white wine so with every sip you tasted the infused fruit and I must say it was delish!!
“You should be able to taste everything that goes into it,” according to cocktail historian David Wondrich in a Bon Appetit pod cast.
Much like trendy handcrafted cocktails, bartenders and chefs you can put your own spin on sangria.
Here are a few of my favorite Sangria recipes:
Delicious Sangria Recipe: 1 orange and lemon thinly sliced. Place into a pitcher and mull (slightly smash) with 2 Tablespoons sugar. Add 1 bottle chilled red wine (any will do but I like a cab or merlot), 1/2 cup brandy, 1/4 cup orange liqueur (Grand Marnier) and 2 Tablespoons orange juice and stir. Chill and then add 1 cup chilled club soda before serving. Will keep in the refrigerator for a few days, but it will disappear fast.
White Peach Sangria serves about 6 1-750 ml bottle sweet white wine (moscato is a great choice) 1 cup peach schnapps (or peach flavored vodka) 2 cups seltzer 2 peaches, sliced* 1 cup grapes, halved*