Red Wine Sangria is actually the traditional recipe for the refreshing beverage coming from Portugal and Spain! We have already seen a variation of the drink called the White Sangria which is made with white wine. However, there are quite a few more versions of this cocktail, there are even recipes for Sangria made with rosé wine.
Let’s get to a bit more details about the classic Red Wine Sangria though.
The word “Sangria” comes from the Spanish word for bleeding, due to its red color. Sangria is originally made with red wine, and fruit like apple, orange and pineapple are among the most common ones. Grapes, lemons, mangos, cherries and peaches are also in the usual choices for Sangria recipes. There are even versions of the drink where spices and herbs are included and it is still delicious.
Sangria is a “trademark” cocktail in Spain and Portugal and it is served in many occassions, special or everyday ones, in wooden punchbowls. Its popularity spreads all across Europe but to several other counties out of Europe as well. Dominican Republic, Argentina, Peru and Mexico are some of them.
But enough with the talk and let’s move on to the recipe of this great cocktail.
- 750ml dry red wine (1 bottle)
- 180ml orange juice
- 80ml brandy
- 3 to 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 apple chopped into pieces, cored, with the skin on
- 1 orange sliced, without the seeds
- Orange slices to garnish.
- Put the apple pieces, orange slices and brown sugar into a pitcher.
- Press with a muddler for almost a minute just for a bit.
- Pour the brandy and the orange juice in the pitcher.
- Muddle again for about 40 seconds.
- Pour the red wine into the pitcher and stir just a little.
- Add some ice and stir again for a bit.
- Pour the drink into glasses and garnish with orange slices.
Your Red Wine Sangria cocktail is ready to serve!