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This Sangria Will Knock Your Socks Off
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Sangria is great for any gathering
Sangria is a delightful, refreshing beverage made from wine, rum, juice and other ingredients. While t is the perfect drink for a Christmas party, it is also a delightful to keep it in the freezer in the summer,to enjoy sangria slushies. This recipe is not only a little sweet and a little tangy, it's followed by a kick that will make you shake your head.
I have made this recipe for summer pig roasts, wine tastings, book club evenings and Christmas parties. It is always a hit, and people often request the recipe. It is simple to make, and you can add your own ingredients to suit your personal preference.
There are a wide variety of wines, juices and spirits that you can add to create your own unique recipe. Following are two different recipes, for red or white sangria. Each offers a unique and refreshing drink for any gathering. Feel free to experiment until you find something that puckers your lips and leaves everyone at the party begging for more.
How to make Sangria
The origins of Sangria can be traced back to Spain. It is based on a traditional red wine punch that has been popular in Europe for hundreds of years. In the 1700 and 1800's, a red wine based fruit punch could be enjoyed at most parties.
The original red wine punch began with a Bordeaux base, a traditional blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot. Brandy and fruit would then be added to the mix, for additional flavor.
With the planting of vineyards in Spain by the Romans, Spain began supplying much of Rome's wine. In Spain, the name of red wine punches of any variety was Sangria, and the name has stuck and become a broad term for wine based punches.
Spanish Roja wine is traditionally used for Spanish Sangria, and white wine can be used, to create a Sangria Blanco.
While you can buy pre-mixed sangria, it is much more fun to create your own version of the drink, using your favorite wines or sparkling wines, fresh seasonal fruits and different kinds of juices. The possibilities for sangria are practically endless. The only limit to the kind of sangria you can make is your own imagination.
Experiment, have fun, and let your guests offer suggestions. You could even let guests bring their own favorite recipes, and see what you like better. The main idea with sangria is to get cool and have fun.
Ingredients For Deborah's Red Sangria
- 2 Bottles Red Wine, Spanish Roja, or your favorite red wine
- 1 Pint Rum
- 1 Pint Brandy
- 1 Pint Triple Sec
- 1 Can Frozen Lemonade
- 64 Ounces Fruit Juice, Langer's Pineapple, Orange, Guava, Or your favorite juice
- 1 each Lemon, Lime, Orange, Cut into thin slices
Instructions for Red Sangria
- Mix all alcohol, lemonade and juice in a very large container (a stock pot works well).
- Thinly slice fruit and add to mixture. Refrigerate or freeze overnight. If frozen, remove from freezer several hours before serving, to allow mixture to thaw to a frozen slush consistency.
- Sangria tastes better at least one day after mixing. The fruit and alcohol blend for a richer depth of taste. You can drink it the same day you make it. If you drink enough of it, you won't even notice the difference!
Sangria Blanco Instructions
Combine alcohol and juice in a large pitcher or container and stir until well mixed.
Add the fruit and refrigerate at least two hours, or up to over night, to combine flavors.
Add the club soda before serving.
Serve in large wine glasses, over ice if desired.
Deborah's Sangria Blanco
For a refreshing change, try this cool, white Sangria to chill out on a hot summer day, or to bring a nice chill to your next wine tasting or party.
Two Bottles white wine
1 pint brandy
1/4 Cup Orange Liqueur
1 can frozen orange/pineapple juice
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lemon thinly sliced
1 plum, thinly sliced
1 peach, thinly sliced
1 bottle chilled club soda