With the kids all going back to school, weather heating up (a lot), and all the delicious summer fruits in season, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a refreshing glass of Sangria! With that, we’re here to help you by providing a guide to Sangria and some of the best Sangria ingredients to use.
But, since we don't suggest using the high-end wines you receive from our 6 wine clubs to actually include in the Sangria, we still love this summery cocktail and suggest using a more generic bottle found at your local grocery store.
Now, let's answer some questions!
What is Sangria and where did it all begin?
Though Sangria is universally known and consumed around the world, this delectable drink began in Spain. The Spanish would concoct a mixture of wine, sugar, juice, and fresh cut up fruit, producing the delicious beverage we all enjoy today. However, it wasn’t always so popular. First consumed in the early colonial period, the beverage virtually vanished in the early 1900s, still around only in Spain. It wasn’t until later that century, in 1964, when Spain presented Sangria at the World’s Fair in New York that drove the people of the United States crazy for the cocktail.
The recipe has since been modified having versions that include brandy, flavored liqueur, or sparkling water. Nevertheless, you can always expect a fruity, often sweet, wine-based cocktail served in a large jug or pitcher, and poured over a glass of ice.
Sangria is not a one size fits all drink!
Of course there are classic versions, but how you want your Sangria to taste is completely up to you and how you design your recipe. Traditional Sangria uses fruits including: pineapple, pears, peaches, and apples. The juice most often used is orange juice, and for wine you can either choose red or white.
As said earlier, this wine cocktail makes a splendid summer day drink, but you can also modify the recipe to fit every other season. A perfect Autumn Sangria makes use of the fall fruits like crisp apples, pomegranates, and cranberries, whereas a Summer Sangria could include more tropical fruits like pineapple juice and chopped mangos.
So next comes one of the most important questions...
What type of wine do you use?
As previously mentioned, this is YOUR recipe, and can be made with whatever you would like, but we’re here to provide some pointers on which ones work best and seem to be the most popular.
For a red wine Sangria, the top picks are:
Grenache, Merlot, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Malbec, Primitivo, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Beaujolais Nouveau, Nero d’Avola.
For each red wine be sure to look them up and know what you desire since some are light bodied and fruitier, whereas others are more full-bodied and tannic.
For white wines, the favorites are:
Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Vinho Verde, and Albariño.
Of course everything listed in here are all just top picks and suggestions, so you can always opt to choose others! We hope this helps, and that you will give Sangria a try sometime soon.
PS. Again, we don't suggest using one of the fine wines you receive in your wine subscription shipments to make this delightful cocktail. Instead, you may want to pick up a lower-quality wine from your local grocery store and save the good stuff for later!