Sangria is best prepared in advance, in large batches, and served with friends or at family reunions (though a Sangria on the beach, at sunset, along with the important half could be a *very* romantic moment).
The Sangria recipe below is easy and straight-forward, plus it has a surprise ingredient to add a little punch and flavor. Want to know even more about what can be changed while making a Sangria? Check the Tips & tricks section below the recipe!
... with red wine, fruits and a bit of rum to cheer thing up!
| ... with red wine, fruits and a bit of rum to cheer thing up! |
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Sangria Recipe Instructions
Wash and slice the lemon and the orange in wedges, and throw the wedges into a large enough pitcher (at least 2 liters / 68 oz)
Add the sugar, red wine and rum in the pitcher and muddle with the back of a spoon (or a large muddler?) to release part of the fruit juices and dissolve the sugar
Put the pitcher into the fridge; also put the soda water bottle into the fridge, both for at least one hour
Just before serving stir in the soda water and serve the Sangria over ice cubes and strawberries!
Sangria Recipe Tips & Tricks
Traditional spanish Sangria is made only from red wine and chopped citrus fruits - and this is the base to use for any Sangria variation; From this you can add small amounts of brandy or fruit flavoured liquors or use tonic water or ginger ale, adjusting the sugar quantity to suit the sweetness of the final drink.
The fruits should be as fresh and ripe as possible, both the citrus and the garnishing ones. Finally the Sangria can be garnished with almost any sweet fruit available: try pineapple, pears, kiwi, any berry or even melon! Freezing the fruit bites in advance and using them as ice cubes can be a very interesting twist to the Sangria.
The red wine used in Sangria has a lot to do with the final taste, and the spanish traditionally uses a wine called Rioja; however, the merlot works fine, and also works cabernet if you have it available in your area. Basically any good quality fruity wine will do great here.
The Sangria can be prepared also with white wine - check this delicious recipe for a white Sangria, or go completely non alcoholic with this recipe which will make the kids go wee!