Need a really refreshing and delicious summer party beverage? Well sangria is just that.
Text And Photo By Kristina Wiley
It’s practically summer here and it’s getting HOT. Need a really refreshing and delicious party beverage? Well sangria is just that! Nothing gets a party started and keeps said party going like a refreshing pitcher of sangria. It’s one of those fabulous make-ahead things that you can have ready long before your guests arrive.
Sangria, is a wine punch with origins from Spain and Portugal. In its simplest form, it is comprised of a few fundamental ingredients:
- Young, Inexpensive Dry Red Wine (Tempranillo preferred – but any decent dry red wine will do)
- Sliced Fruit
- Sweetener (Juices, Simple Syrup, or Fruit Nectars)
- Spirits (Liquor and / or Liqueurs)
Some sangria recipes out there are incredibly complex with their laundry list of ingredients. A lot of them add a fizzy element (ie: club soda) and other additions. Think of Sangria as the ‘casserole’ of mixed drinks. We make ours based on what’s stocked in our cabinet and refrigerator. If you like specific flavors or ingredients – mix them in!
I hope you enjoy this real crow pleaser (I know your guests will!).
- 1 bottle (750 ml) inexpensive spanish red wine
- We used El Prado - a Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon)
- ¾ cup orange juice (we use blood orange since we had it on hand)
- ½ cup triple sec
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup creme de cassis
- ¼ cup simple syrup
- 1-2 oranges, sliced (garnish)
- 1-2 lemons, sliced (garnish)
- 1-2 limes, sliced (garnish)
- Combine the Sangria ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well. Add sliced fruit setting aside a few rounds for garnishing the individual glasses. Refrigerate for a few hours, until chilled.
- Pour over ice and garnish with remaining fruit slices.