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SUMMER IS SANGRIA TIME!

Updated: Jul 11


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Summer’s here and we’re spending more time enjoying every minute of sunshine and long, leisurely evenings outdoors. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply relaxing on your patio, Sangria makes a perfect sipper on those sizzling hot evenings. Originally from Spain and Portugal, the very name suggests summer, with its bright colours and fruity flavours.

I lived in Madrid for a couple of years and a friend passed on her recipe for Sangria. There are several variations, but she told me that when the temperatures soar, Spaniards like to keep it simple.


RED SANGRIA:


1 bottle (750 ml.) of red wine. A mediumbodied, fruity red works best, such as Garnacha, Tempranillo or Beaujolais Nouveau.

1 cup soda water

1 peach, sliced

Orange slices and a handful of berries, such as cherries, blueberries, or strawberries

ice cubes

Optional: 1/4 cup brandy or rum

That’s it!


For white wine lovers, here's a refreshing variation on the usual red Sangria:


WHITE SANGRIA:


1 bottle( 750 ml.) of white wine. A light, fruity white such as Pinot Grigio works well. If you want a slight fizz, try Moscato d’Asti or Vinho Verde.

1 cup soda water

1 cup green grapes

½ cup blueberries or cherries or ½ cup of sliced lemon and lime

Optional - 1 cup sliced apricots, great with Moscato d’Asti

Ice cubes

Mint leaves for garnish

Chill your glasses in the fridge for an hour before serving.

Again, you can vary this by adding a ¼ cup of Cointreau or rum. Served in a pretty pitcher, this makes a delightful aperitif at brunch or on a sultry evening.


Photo by Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling, Pinterest



Jane Staples

Accredited Sommelier - Wine, Food and Travel Writer


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