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National Wine Day is here! Can anyone think of a more spectacular day in the calendar year? Why, it is the perfect excuse to enjoy a delicious glass of sangria over ice. But what is sangria, and what makes it the perfect drink for summer? Let’s get into it!
If you’ve never had it, sangria is a wine-based drink that can be made with any type of wine but is typically made with red wine. It’s also usually mixed with fruits and juices, and served over ice. The amount of wine to juice to fruit is entirely up to you, but there is a classic sangria recipe that most follow. From there, the sky is the limit!
Sangria is believed to have originated in Spain, where it is still a popular drink. The drink is made with wine, fruit, and a sweetener, and it can be served cold or hot. Sangria is often served at parties and special occasions, and it is enjoyed by people of all ages. There are many variations of sangria, and each region of Spain has its own recipe. While the exact origins of sangria may be unknown, the drink has been around for centuries and is still enjoyed all over the world today.
Sangria is one of the most refreshing and flavorful summertime drinks around. The fruity flavors of sangria make it a popular choice for parties and barbecues. If you are looking for a unique twist on the classic sangria recipe, try adding some sparkling water or lemonade to the mix. For a non-alcoholic version of sangria, if that’s your thing, substitute the wine with fruit juice or sparkling water. Or just pick up some yummy grape juice and throw some chopped fruit in there.
Okay, so what makes sangria the perfect drink for summer? First of all, it’s refreshing and flavorful. Wine is great, and an ice cold beer can be refreshing, but a cold glass of the best sangria ever just absolutely hits the spot on a 90+ degree day.
Sangria is also super easy to make. Seriously anyone can make this tasty beverage. ANYONE.
It’s also a great way to use up any extra wine you might have around, if you find yourself in the rare position in which you actually have any wine leftover from last night.
Now that you know all about sangria and its origins and (most importantly) that it is super tasty and refreshing, let us present the ultimate recipe for National Wine Day and, well, pretty much any day of the year.
A quick disclaimer about ingredients: there truly is no right or wrong measurement. The main thing you will want to adhere to is balance. What connects a classic sangria recipe to the ultimate sangria recipe is balance. What differentiates a good sangria from a bad sangria is, well, a complete lack of balance. Before you overdo it on one ingredient or another, give your concoction a taste and determine whether there is a balance or whether one ingredient is overpoweringly strong.
– 1 bottle of red wine (many enjoy the sweetness and lightness of a Grenache or Pinot Noir but if all you have is a Two Buck Chuck red, then hats off!)
– 1 cup of orange juice (freshly squeezed is preferred but who has time?)
– 1 cup of lemonade (as with orange juice, freshly squeezed is always preferred, but come on)
– 1/2 cup of sugar (give or take)
– 1/2 cup of brandy (use this as a guide — the more the merrier but let’s not get crazy ehre)
– 1 sliced blood orange (or regular orange, totally up to you — a blood orange just looks super cool)
– 1 sliced lemon (the juicier the better)
– 1 sliced lime (make sure it’s mouth-puckeringly tart)
1. Step one is delightfully simple. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir, stir, stir! Don’t let any of those pesky little sugar granules escape being dissolved because it will end up on the bottom of your pitcher like the sugary residue from a bowl of Fruity Pebbles.
2. Refrigerate. Sound simple enough? You’d be surprised by how many actually skip this step, thinking all their ultimate sangria recipe needs is a bucketfull of ice to chill it down. Wrong! The ice will start to melt right away, watering down your sangria. Skim back up to the ingredients and double-check and you will see that there is one ingredient intentionally left off, and that is WATER. Your sangria doesn’t need water. Nobody’s sangria needs water. Ultimate, if you choose to add ice to your glass of sangria, then yes, the ice will slowly melt away and water down your drink. BUT a refrigerated sangria will be chilled and the added ice will take longer to melt. If you get to the end of your sangria and there’s no ice left, then you’re doing it wrong. The best summer sangria recipe calls for refrigeration. So refrgerate. Refrigerate for at least two hours, or better yet overnight. Get that sangria ice cold without the ice (to start).
3. Serve over ice. Okay, now add ice. A few large cubes ought to do the trick. Now drink.
4. Drink it up! This is the best part and perhaps the simplest and most enjoyable step. Sangria is best enjoyed in short, enjoyable sips (meaning no chugging). But as we said before, if the ice melts before you finish, you’re doing it wrong.
Ah, the age-old question: what is a good wine for sangria? Seriously, though, it is a good question because most people making the stuff aren’t making it on a daily basis or even a weekly basis. From what our experts can tell (experts meaning wild guess), sangria lovers might enjoy sangria maybe ten times a year, give or take.
There are certainly wines that perform better in sangria than others, but sangria can honestly be made with any wine. The best wine to use for sangria depends on your personal preference, but a dry red wine is usually a good choice.
Keep in mind there are a few different ways to make sangria. You can simply combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher and allow them to sit for a few hours so that the flavors can meld or make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together, then adding it to the sangria mixture. This will help to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. But when it comes to deciding on a good wine for sangria, go with your gut! Like, literally, whatever you like will be fine.
Once you’ve got your sangria mixture ready, it’s time to start pouring! Don’t forget to have enough ice on hand as this will help keep it cool and refreshing. Garnish each glass with a slice of fruit, and enjoy!
This sangria recipe is the perfect way to celebrate National Wine Day. It’s refreshing, flavorful, and easy to make. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any extra wine you might have around. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try today!
Whether you are serving sangria at a party or enjoying it on your own, be sure to use fresh fruit and high-quality wine if at all possible. For the best flavor, allow the sangria to sit for several hours before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld together and create a delicious drink. Cheers!
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