How to Make Authentic and Healthy Spanish Sangria

What is Sangria?

Sangria is a wine and fruit punch, common in the Iberian peninsula that is Spain and Portugal. It is generally made with red wine, fresh fruit, lemonade (or carbonated water) and a choice of spirits such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau or even vodka or rum. Sugar or sugar syrup is also usually added to the mixture but this basic, healthy option Sangria recipe will not be including same.

Authentic and healthy Sangria ingredients
Authentic and healthy Sangria ingredients
Washing the fruit in preparation to make Sangria
Washing the fruit in preparation to make Sangria

Healthy Sangria Recipe Ingredients and Preparation

The ingredients for this healthy Sangria recipe are simple and common to all supermarkets and even most small grocers' shops. I have eliminated entirely both the sugar and the spirits, to make the drink more healthy and a little less potent in terms of its alcohol content.

The first thing I should point out when making Sangria is that we should not be using top quality red wine. The cheapest plonk which we can find is sufficient as the mixture of the ingredients would render such as an expensive Spanish Rioja a simple waste of money.

I am using for this recipe a half pint of red wine, a quarter pint of each of fresh orange juice and diet lemonade, two small tangerines, half a Granny Smith apple and one kiwi fruit.

The first thing to do is to wash the apple and tangerines thoroughly, as we will not be peeling them. The easiest way to do this is to simply place them in a bowl, pour over boiling water and after ten to twenty seconds, rinse them thoroughly in cold water.

We should then de-core the apple with the special tool designed for same. Subsequently, half down through the centre and slice. Slice the tangerines, and peel and slice the kiwi fruit

Do you have the proper Tool for Coring Apples?

OXO Good Grips Apple Corer
OXO Good Grips Apple Corer

This incredibly useful tool takes all the difficulty out of removing the core from apples or even pears. Use it to give your apple rings that perfect quality or simply to remove and discard the cores easily and conveniently prior to chopping your apples. This sturdy apple de-corer weighs in at one pound and is fully dishwater safe.

 
Mixing the Sangria ingredients together
Mixing the Sangria ingredients together
A glass of the finished Sangria
A glass of the finished Sangria

Preparing the Healthy Sangria

When we have all the ingredients prepared for our Sangria, it is simply a case of mixing them together. We put the fruit in a punch bowl or any large glass bowl and pour over the liquid ingredients. Stir thoroughly but carefully with a wooden spoon, so as not to damage the pieces of fruit.

If possible, we should refrigerate the Sangria at this stage for about an hour to allow the flavours of the different ingredients to infuse but this is not essential.

Sangria is usually served in large, bulbuous glasses but any large glass is sufficient. Add some ice to each glass and spoon in some fruit before pouring in some of the liquid. Garnishing the glass with a small twist of tangerine simply adds a little extra touch to the final presentation.

You may now enjoy your delicious, healthy Sangria drink in the comfort of your own home or garden and dream of those past and future times in warm, heady and beautiful Spain.

Which type of Sangria do you prefer?

  • I like it potent - wine, spirits, fruit, the lot!
  • This wine version is fine for me
  • I prefer a non-alcoholic version made with fruit juice
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This Video Provides the Recipe for a Considerably more Potent Version of Sangria

Why not make your own Homemade Wine?

Home wine-making is not nearly as complicated a procedure as many people would imagine - and it can represent a huge financial saving for those who drink wine regularly! The wine can be drunk as is or used in the preparation of your favourite Sangria recipe.

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How do you like your Sangria? 20 comments

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are so correct in saying that "plonk" wine should be utilized for this recipe. Anything better would be a waste of the good wine!


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Absolutely correct, Peggy - we thought it was worth pointing out.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I love sangria, thanks for the recipe!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

I've had Sangria on the brain, I needed this. Thanks.


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

You are welcome, k@ri and Randy. We love Sangria, too!


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Normally I seldom drink anything other than water, but in Madrid, they made Sangria so good I slept better than any time in my life for the entire three weeks we were there. It was that pitcher of Sangria they sent up to our room each night -- I'm sure. Will have to try this recipe.


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi, Jerilee. We're off to Spain again in June so we'll need to try that "pitcher in the room" idea for ourselves!


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Ah, sangria brings back wonderful memories :) Great hub.


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

If you are in Madrid, we stayed at the Marcenado 9 which I mentioned in the Story of the Poor Mason (for address). Very non-tourist hotel/apartments with a restrauant below, that sent up the pitchers of fresh made Sangria.


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

You are correct, Uninvited Writer, Sangrai conjures up images of balmy Spanish evenings for so many of us. Thanks.

Duly noted, Jerilee. We'll bear it in mind.


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum

Great hub. Thanks for the recipe!


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks, RK. I hope you try it and enjoy it.


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum

Me too. It sounds great.


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

I was 14 when I had my first encounter with full strength sangria and I can't remember much after that!!

I paid for it though the next day....


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

I'm sure you did, waynet! It can be pretty powerful stuff, especially when you're not used to it. The problem is that each different bar or restaurant has its own recipe, so we never know quite how potent it is going to be when we order it.


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Camping Dan 7 years ago

I have been trying to get many of the procesed sugars out of my diet so thanks for sharing this. Now I can make some great drinks and share them with everyone.


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Good for you, Dan. I wish more people would make such an effort. Glad to be of service!


British Food 7 years ago

I'm going to make some of this today. I always drink it when visiting family in Spain but don't British people don't make it very often.


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

We hope you enjoy it, British Food - maybe it will take off in the UK?


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rochey 7 years ago from Manchester

try http://hubpages.com/food/thebestsangria for the best sangria recipe!

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