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The best Sangria recipe.

I would describe Sangria as a party in a jug! Its fruity, boozy, delicious, and perfect for a barbecue or a sunny day.

I love wines, red, white, I really do not mind. I also love cocktails. As a whiskey drinker, I enjoy cocktails that are more smokey or have a kind of burn once you swallow. Sangria, on the other hand, is sweet, light, and fruity which surprisingly is my go-to cocktail these days.

Sangria can be made with red or white wine but I will share my favorite recipe using red wine that I make at home for special occasions.

The basics are very simple. You will need;

  • A bottle of red wine
  • A cup of Rum or Brandy
  • Sliced fruit
  • Sugar
  • Orange juice (this is really My option and I love how it makes my sangria taste)
  • Ice

In a jug, stir in the bottle of wine, a cup of Rum or Brandy, sliced fruit, orange juice, and sugar to your desired taste.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours then add some ice just before you serve. This recipe can keep overnight.

We have the basics down? Cool. Now let me school you on some specifics.

The best wines for Sangaria are Zinfandel, Lambrusco, Roja, Tempranillo. If you can’t get any of these then a cheap Pinot Noir or Merlot will do.

The best fruits are citrus (lemons, limes, oranges), stone fruit (apples, cherries, plums,), and tropical fruit (pineapple, mango). I add watermelon and strawberries chopped into cubes as well. You don’t have to add all these, I usually pick about 3-4 fruits in my Sangria.

If you like to have some fizz in your drink then you can add some club soda or sparkling water when you are about to serve. Half a cup will do.

For Rum, I like to use Barcadi White rum and for Brandy, Martel goes very well with it but also just a good ol’ Viceroy will do.

Sangria is credited as a Spanish drink but its origins are very murky and surprisingly, many Spaniards do not drink Sangria. That shouldn’t stop you though, create your own spin to this wonderful cocktail and let me know how it goes!

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