Sangria, is a delicious, fruit-based wine “punch” with its traditional heritage well rooted in Spain. Typically, Sangria is made with red wine, fresh, seasonal fruit and a bit of bubbly water or citrus flavored soda. It is easy to make, easy to drink and a huge hit at summer get togethers – even for those who are not “into wine.” While Spain is heralded as the creator of Sangria, countries all over the globe have adapted the recipe to make a fruit-filled wine beverage that is refreshing and easy to drink with a wide variety of foods.
One of the beauties of Sangria recipes is that you can use a variety of different wines in the recipe mix. It’s often wines that have not been finished the day before that find their way into a Sangria recipe.
All of the wines listed in the “Sangria Wine Guide” are good wines on their own, that have been selected for their specific flavor profiles and style components that tend to highlight the various fruit additions in the specific Sangria recipes.
The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it’s as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your own additions!
Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.
Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda pop or lime juice.
This article was taken from About.com