Red Sangria is the traditional sangria that we all know and hopefully love. Sangria is relatively simple to make and is great for party’s, events or of course weddings, it’s very festive and refreshing. Sangria probably originated in Spain or Portugal and almost certainly dates back to the earliest production of wines, most fermented / distilled beverages (beers, wines, liquors) didn’t have the careful flair profiles that we are so used to today, so adding ingredients to the finished product was commonplace – beers and wines were an integral part of every day living and waiting months or years for a wine to age and develop properly was not the norm.
Traditional Sangria, is a simple combination of red wine, a little brandy, chopped fruits and some sort of a sweetener, honey or any sugar syrup – apples, oranges and lemons are considered the “original”. We will mention that there are many sangria’s that include ginger ale or 7-UP, but these are strictly not traditional and instead are obviously modern twists, it is the sugary syrup of the sodas that has made this popular.
Part of what makes sangria so amazing is that there is that other than the previously mentioned four main ingredients there is no fixed recipe, meaning you can experiment however you like. Our suggestion would be to start with the basics.
One bottle of a medium bodied red wine
4 ozs of brandy
2 heaping tablespoons cane sugar
half apple chopped
half orange sliced
half lemon sliced
Mix all in a large glass jar or pitcher and let sit in the fridge. The essence of the fruits will blend in the longer they sit, if you want the best flavors, let it sit overnight in the fridge, or make it early the morning before. When you’ve mastered the above it is perfectly acceptable and we would encourage you to experiment with other ingredients – throw in some mint leaves, basil is also good, any berries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, are all good additions.