When you think of traditional Spanish dining most people will name two things: paella and sangria.
Sangria is easy to make and this rich wine based drink tastes like summer holidays in the sun. It originally dates back to the Middle Ages when it was a heavily watered down mix of wine, water, herbs and spices. Now it is a rich punch combining wine with fruit. It is considered a party drink in Spain which means it is a great addition to a Christmas or New Year celebration.
Here’s how to make simple Spanish sangria:
- 2 oranges, roughly chopped
- 750ml dry, light red wine. If you want to make a white sangria then you can swap this for white wine.
- 400-500g mixed fruit. Strawberries and peaches are commonly used but any fruit blend will work. Berries, apples and pears are also popular choices.
- 100ml brandy, (or 50ml brandy and 50ml orange-flavoured liqueur – we used Cointreau)
- 500ml lemonade
To make sangria involves less of a cooking method and more of a mixing method! This is an incredibly easy drink to make and can be prepared in less than 5 minutes, though you should prepare the mixture in advance to give the flavours time to mix.
- Take a large jug and add the chopped oranges, wine, and brandy then mix.
- Put this mixture in the fridge for an hour to let the flavours mix (you can miss this step if you’re out of time, but this will add to the richness of the flavour)
- Add the rest of the fruit and the lemonade to the jug
- Stir when and you’re ready to serve
- Sangria is best served immediately over ice. You can use either tumblers or copa de balon glasses.
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