Celebrate Sangria

Sangria

A wine punch with Roman beginnings.

The word "Sangria" is the Spanish word for blood, and the wine punch that is so loved around the world, was certainly named after its tich red colour. The wine punch originated after the Romans conquered Spain around 200 BC and created a drink that was mix of fruit and wine, and then fortified with brandy. The Romans planted mainly red grapes as they felt they produced better wines in the area hence the wine's original base colour was red.

In 1964, Sangria was poured at the World's Fair in New York City and since then it has been known as one of the most favourite and well known wine punches around the world.

Classic Sangria

Classic Sangria
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups carbonated water (optional)

In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.

 

Recipe from All Recipes.com

White Sangria

White Sangria

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Vinho Verde or a crisp white wine (500ml)
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec or fruit brandy, optional (30ml)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice (125ml)
  • 1 cup ginger ale (250ml)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 kumquat, sliced
  • 1 starfruit, sliced
  • Small wedge watermelon, melon balled
  • Handful of strawberries or raspberries
  • 8 mint leaves
  • Handful of ice cubes

Directions

1. Combine the Vinho Verde, Triple Sec, apple juice, ginger ale, lime juice and lemon juice in a pitcher. Add the lime wedges, lemon wedges, kumquat, starfruit, watermelon, strawberries and mint. Add the ice cubes. Stir and serve.

Recipe from Food Network.ca

Sangria