Sangria is a fun drink to make for large parties. A traditional Spanish wine punch, it is also very refreshing on a hot summer day. It contains a mixture of fruit juice, wine, and pieces of fruit that have absorbed some of the wine. It's very easy to use, and you can make enough for a large party. There are countless variations of this foolproof recipe, and you can change it to suit your tastes.
- 1 cup of sugar
- Juice of 8 citrus fruits
- Selection of fruits to slice
Choose your wine: In addition to the ingredients above, you'll need a 750ml bottle of wine. Spanish wine is traditionally used for Sangria, but you can choose any red wine. Select a dry, fruity red wine, such as Zinfandel. Because you will be mixing the wine with fruit juices, many people choose to use inexpensive wine for this drink.
Juice the citrus fruits: Juice your citrus fruits (oranges, limes, or lemons) with a reamer. The amount of juice required is not exact, so feel free to vary the amounts. You should use about 8 citrus fruits for about 2 cups of juice.
Mix the juice and sugar: In a bowl, stir together the fruit juices and sugar. Make sure that the sugar dissolves completely in the juice.
Add wine and fruit: Pour the bottle of wine into a pitcher and add the juice/sugar mixture and stir well. Putting slices of fruit in the drink are essential to make traditional Sangria. You can use apples, pineapple, peaches, grapes, lemons, limes, or oranges, as well as other fruits or berries. Simply choose the fruits you like best. In fact, Sangria is a good way to use up whatever you have on hand. When chopping the fruit, make thin slices that will absorb the wine quickly. You can use as much or as little fruit as you desire. Once you're done slicing, stir the fruit into the Sangria. Keep a few slices out to garnish the glasses.
Storage and serving tips: Refrigerate the Sangria for at least a couple of hours to allow time for the wine to soak into the fruit slices. Once you remove it from the refrigerator, add ice to the pitcher, or pour the Sangria over ice when you serve it. Serve right away, before the ice melts. You may want to freeze some juice into cubes beforehand, so that the ice won't dilute the Sangria. Use large margarita glasses, and garnish with a thin slice of fruit.
Once you learn how to make Sangria, you can start substituting ingredients. Sangria can be made with many different fruits, in different amounts. There are many different Sangria recipes, and Sangria is a foolproof drink. Play around with the amounts of different fruit juices until you find the perfect combination. Sangria is a unique way to enjoy your favorite wine.