Sangria: With A Shot of Brandi

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The other day I was looking to vary up my typical wine drink and was craving a good sangria. So I thought – do I have the ingredients laying around? What goes into a typical sangria?

Of course the last ingredient is a favorite of this blog!

So now that you know the basic recipe, it’s time to get funky. Here are some other variations of Sangria.

·         Strawberry Sangria: 1 bottle of red, 1 pint of strawberries, 1 shot of brandy

·         Raspberry Sangria: 1 bottle of red, 1 pint of raspberries, 3 shots of Chambord

·         Mexican Sangria: 1 bottle of red, 1 cup of tequila, ½ cup orange juice, ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup lime juice, 2 limes or 1 apple sliced

·         Red Sangria: 1 bottle of Spanish rioja, 1 orange (sliced), ¼ cup brandy

·         Five Fruit Sangria: 1 bottle red, ½ cup brandy, ½ cup triple sec, ½ cup sugar, 1 orange (wedged), 1 lemon (wedged), 1 lime (wedged), 1 red apple (wedged), 1 peach (wedged), 1 6oz bottle of club soda

With all recipes – mix all ingredients into a pitcher, stir and refrigerate or serve!

And I always like to leave you with a bit of history of a drink. Sangria hails from Spain. The traditional base wine is a red Bordeaux from France – or a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. Now, it’s more common for people to use a Spanish Rioja or other red as a base.

Sangria Blanco is white Sangria and uses a white wine as a base.

(Source for history and recipe inspiration: Wine Intro)