Sangria, a Spanish staple. Whilst we serve this classic all year round we particularly recommend ordering a glass or jug on a hot summer’s day – after all, who can resist the temptation of a jug of sangria?
Before we start on how to make sangria, let’s take a quick look at the history of this drink.
The History of Sangria
For Sangria it all started in the mountainous region Iberian Peninsula over 2,000 years ago. The Romans planted large numbers of grapevines for the purpose of making wine. Given that plain drinking water wasn’t always safe to drink at this period, it was usual practice to add a small amount of alcohol to kill any bacteria that might be present.
The early sangrias, probably a combination of wine, water, herbs, and spices, were likely a result of this tradition.
The Ingredients You Need To Make Sangria
We keep our sangria simple and sweet using a combination of red wine, brandy, triple sec, light soft brown sugar, orange juice and garnish with a mix of fresh fruits, served over ice. No premixes here, but we will be keeping our measurements as a treasured secret. Most sangrias use tempranillo as the base of the drink, hence why at Tinto we use our house red. Castillo del moro – Spanish tempranillo – makes our sangria soft, crisp and fruity with just a hint of peppery spice.
Instructions On How To Make Sangria
If you feel like trying this at home the fruit and soft sugar should be muddled for 45 seconds, add in the triple sec and brandy, stir again. After that pour in your orange juice and red wine and combine. Feel free to change the proportions of the components to suit your taste and serve over ice.
Fruit may be used as a garnish to provide a little more flair. This sangria may be refrigerated and enjoyed for up to 48 hours, although it is best served immediately after preparation.
Whether you’re searching for a new Happy Hour cocktail or just want something pleasant to sip on the weekends, a fruity sangria will not disappoint.
What Is The Best Wine To Make Delicious Sangria?
As stated tempranillo is one of the best options for your sangria base, but feel free to substitute with other options. Essentially the best sangria contains a young, fruity red wine. Want to avoid a hangover? Avoid drinking anything that has been aged and opt for higher quality wine.
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