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10Apr 12

Sangría

SangriaMost people know that the wonderful climate in Spain is an essential element in the creation of some stunning Spanish wines, as well as other beverages.

When I was about 19 years old, I travelled to Spain with a couple of friends, and at that age, we just wanted to enjoy the Spanish “fiesta” during its best season: summer. We travelled through various cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga, Valencia and Granada, and all of them had one absolutely refreshing drink in common: Sangria. Although mostly associated with summer, it can be found throughout the year, especially in the warmer Southern parts of Spain. (For another dark  fruit drink, try this dragon-blood punch.)

Sangría comes from the Spanish word ‘sangre`, which means blood. The drink’s colour is dark red, thus the name. The strength and taste can vary depending on the spirit and quantity used.

Sangria is a kind of red wine punch that is thought to have been created during the 15th century in Spain and then spread to Portugal. However some people believe that it was actually invented in the Antilles in the Caribbean, which at the time was a British Colony. Although it is true that the drink is quite common in that part of the world, it is most likely that sangria came from Spain.

The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is flexible. I like to vary the fruits I use, or even garnish it with strawberries, which are not in the actual recipe. This drink only gets better as you add your favourite fruits and spices!

Needed:

  • 1 litre of red wine
  • 3 peaches
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 oranges
  • ½ glass of lemon juice
  • 50g of sugar
  • 1 glass of fresh orange juice
  • 1 spiral of lemon peel

 

How it’s made:

1. Peel the peaches, slice in half and then remove the core. Cut into fine slices.

2. Peel the oranges and slice thinly. Do the same with the lemon.

3. Place the fruit slices in a container with the sugar and brandy. Allow this mixture to marinate for up to 3 hours.

4. Put the mixture into a large pitcher. Then add the red wine, orange and lemon juice.

5. Add the lemon peel spiral to the pitcher and leave cooling in the refrigerator.

6.  Serve the drink very cold with ice.

Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 pitcher of sangria

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2 comments

  1. I´m not usually a fan of fruity drinks, but I make an exception for this one.

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  2. […] I´ve mentioned, sangria normally consists of a bottle of cheap red wine, chopped fruit, and a sweetener. This particular […]

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