Philadelphia, PA - My summertime happy place happens to be at the Jersey Shore with a glass or two of Sangria while sitting out on the deck on a hot summer night with close friends and family.
So, What is Sangria?
Sangria is often a wine-based punch which originates from Portugal and Spain. The word "sangria" comes from the Spanish word "sangre" or "blood." Sangria is typically prepared from red wine, sliced citrus fruit, sugar, plus a sprit, particularly brandy or triple sec.
What many people don't know is sangria is traditionally served out of a punch bowl in a casual setting or gathering as an inexpensive cocktail.
Sangria Wine and Spirit Selections
Sangria recipes are almost limitless. For instance, white or sparkling wine is often used instead of red wine, or a Sangria Blanca, which is a much lighter cocktail. Also, the type of spirit varies, such as the use of triple sec, brandy, Grand Marnier, or even whiskey, to strengthen the cocktail.
Sangria Fruit and Preparation
The most popular fruits tend to be oranges, lemons, and apples. Still, pineapple, mango, peaches, cherries, and even melon is often included to develop unique flavored sangria.
Regardless of what fruits you choose to use, always remember to soak them. So, before adding ice and your carbonated liquids, it really is essential to mix all the other ingredients together and allow it to rest for at least 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Allowing the wine and fruit flavors to mix and enhance the all-around taste of the finished sangria.
If you find yourself wanting to make your own homemade sangria, browsing for recipes on the internet can be an excellent start to find your own taste and style you and your guest will enjoy.
So, this summer kick-up your feet and enjoy a Sangria or two with close friends and family!
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