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Sangria takes its name from the
Spanish word, "sangre," which means "blood" and refers to the blood-red
color of the drink. Fresh fruit and wine combine to create the perfect
beverage for warm summer get-togethers. Sangria is a refreshing drink that
is simple to make and yet elegant enough for any occasion.
Learn to make
White Wine Sangria.
Check out more of Linda's
Beverage Recipes and this
Basic Simple Syrup Recipe for sweetening your favorite drinks.
Summer Sangria - Red Wine Sangria Recipe
All ingredients listed in the recipe are estimates. Add or subtract according to your taste. One of
the things that makes sangria so wonderful is its flexibility. Depending on
the ingredients used, sangria can be a light thirst-quencher or a potent
cocktail that can set heads spinning. Adjust the amounts of liquor according
to mood and the guests. Taste the sangria the day before your guests'
arrival so you can tweak the flavors a bit (add additional juice, brandy,
liqueur, fruit, or sugar if you want).
Beverage and Cocktails,
Yields: serves many
Prep Time: 15 min
3 oranges, sliced into thin rounds
2 lemons sliced into thin rounds
1 lime, sliced into thin rounds
1 fresh peach, washed, pitted, and cut into thin slices*
1 small pineapple, trim, cored, peeled, and sliced
1/3 to 1/2 cup
Simple Syrup or to your taste (see recipe below)
2 bottles (750 ml)
dry red wine**
1/2 cup light rum
3 ounces orange liqueur(such as Triple Sec or Cointreau)
4 ounces vodka
3 ounces Grand Marnier
2 cups fresh-squeezed
2 cups apple juice or pineapple juice
Club soda, 7-up, or sparkling water
*Any other seasonal fruit that tempts you may be added
(berries, melon, grapes, guavas, mangos, apples, etc). Fruit juices may also
be added. Let your imagination be your guide!
**Don't use any wine that you wouldn't normally drink.
In a clean vessel, large enough to
accommodate the liquid and fruit (pickle jar, sun tea jars, etc), add the
cut fruit and simple syrup. Put a lid on the jar and shake it around to coat
the fruit. Add the wine, rum, orange liqueur, vodka, Grand Marnier, orange
juice, and apple or pineapple juice. Stir to combine and cover. Store in the
refrigerator, covered, for at least two to three days to allow flavors
to combine. Mixture may be strained, if desired, before serving.
Serve the Sangria over ice in large wine glasses. Fill
serving glass half full with ice. Add enough sangria mixture to fill about
3/4 full. Add a few slices of the marinated fruit along with some fresh
berries. Top with either club soda, 7-up, or sparkling water (depending on
your preference). Garnish each glass with a mint sprig and serve
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Boil for 5 minutes, without
stirring. Remove from heat and let cool.