Sangria has been important to Spanish culture for many centuries. This wine punch has gained international popularity and is easy to make at home. Versions of Sangria have held a planting of the Iberian Peninsula’s vineyards around 200 BC. As Spain’s soil and weather are particularly well suited for growing grapes, the nation has maintained an abundance of red wine and its subsequent wine punch variations. Interestingly, there is no one recipe for Sangria, as the ingredients of this wine punch are based on availability, season, and a number of other factors.
Sangria requires a light, young Spanish red wine. The most common of these come from the La Rioja, Castilla-La Mancha and Catilla-Leon regions. It is also necessary to include fresh fruit. Spain’s popular locally grown fruits include oranges, lemons and melon. Any fruit can be used, however, one might find bananas, apples, grapes or any number of fruits in Spanish Sangria. Sangria is meant to be light and refreshing so a certain amount of juice and sugar are generally added for a more refreshing taste. Sangria is to be served ice-cold and generally is prepared in large pitchers and served to guests as an accompaniment to a meal or tapas in the summer time
Sangria is to be served ice-cold as a hot-weather refreshment. Generally, it is prepared in large pitchers and served to many guests as an accompaniment to a meal or tapas in the summer time.
1 Cup Orange Juice
¼ Cup Lime Juice
1 Bottle Red Wine
½ Cup Brandy
¼ to 1/3 Cup Sugar
In a 2 quart pitcher stir together orange and lime juices. Add wine, sugar and brandy. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cover and chill for 3 to 24 hours. Serve over ice. Garnish each serving with orange and lime slices.