Classic Sangria Recipe

This classic sangria recipe is rooted in Spain and dates back centuries. Sangria evolved from traditional Spanish wine punches and fruit-infused drinks and has been around since the Middle Ages. During that time, however; it was drank out of necessity, not fun.

The water quality was so bad during this time that wine was mixed with water as a way to purify it and make drinking it safer. The word “sangria” comes from the Spanish word “sangre,” meaning “blood,” and refers to the deep red color of traditional red sangria. The color is a good hint as to the quality of your sangria.

As Spain expanded and took over more of the world, Spanish wine became more widely available. Sangria evolved as a popular way to enjoy wine, especially among the working class, who mixed inexpensive wine with water, sugar, and whatever fruits were readily available to create a refreshing and flavorful beverage.

Over time, sangria became associated with social gatherings, celebrations, and fiestas throughout Spain. Its popularity grew beyond the borders of Spain during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as Spanish immigrants brought their cultural traditions, including sangria, to other parts of the world.

Today, Sangria has became synonymous with the vibrant and festive atmosphere of Spanish culture, and it began to appear on menus in restaurants and bars around the globe.

While sangria is enjoyed in many variations these days, if you want a delicious, traditional red sangria recipe, look no further.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Spain with our timeless Classic Red Sangria recipe. Inspired by centuries-old traditions and bursting with rich flavors, this iconic Spanish beverage is the perfect accompaniment to any fiesta or gathering. Join us as we journey through the sun-drenched streets of Spain and uncover the secrets to crafting the perfect glass of sangria.

Ingredients for a Sangria Recipe:

– 1 bottle of Rioja red wine

– 1/2 cup Spanish brandy

– 1/4 cup orange liqueur (such as triple sec or Cointreau)

– 1/4 cup simple syrup (adjust to taste)

– 1 orange, thinly sliced

– 1 lemon, thinly sliced

– 1 apple, thinly sliced

– 1/2 cup mixed berries (such as strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries)

– 1 cinnamon stick

– 2 cups lemon sparkling water (for fizz)

– Ice cubes for serving

How to make Sangria:

Let’s explore the step-by-step process for our sangria recipe

1. Thinly slice the orange, lemon, and apple. Wash and slice your mixed berries . Set aside for later use.

2. In a large pitcher, combine your rioja wine, Spanish brandy, orange liqueur, and simple syrup. Stir well to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

3. Drop in the sliced orange, lemon, apple, mixed berries, and cinnamon stick. Give the mixture a stir.

4. Cover the pitcher with a lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Better is overnight. Allowing the sangria to chill allows the flavors to meld and results in a more vibrant and complex flavor profile.

5. Just before serving, pour in lemon sparkling water to add a refreshing fizz to the sangria. Stir to mix everything.

6. Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour Sangria over the ice. Garnish each glass with a slice of orange. Enjoy!

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With its rich flavors and cultural significance, our Classic Sangria recipe is a celebration of Spain’s vibrant heritage. Whether you’re hosting a Spanish-themed party or simply craving a taste of tradition, this iconic beverage is sure to delight and impress your friends and family. So gather your loved ones, raise your glasses, and toast to the flavors of Spain with this sensational sangria recipe. Cheers!