What is Sangria
Sangria is wine based drink. It is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Sangria is now enjoying around the world , in restaurants, cafes, bars and especially at home . It is very easy to make your own sangria with your choice of fruits, wine . If you don’t want to create your own sangria you can even buy ready made sangria.
History of Sangria
To get the true history of Sangria, we have to look back hundreds of years. Over 2000 years ago the Roman made their way through the lberian Peninsula and planted vineyards along the way. On that time drinking water was not safe, water was fortify with alcohol to kill off any bacteria. The first sangria ( it’s name comes from sangre, or blood and refer to its dark color) were mixes of wine, water, and herbs and spices. They just added anything to kill off the bacteria in the water.
The local citizens of the place, in search of refreshment, and alcoholic enjoyment, created fruit punches from red wines which they were fully enjoying. They called these drinks Sangria.
Red wine is the most commonly used base for sangria because on that time Romans who planted vineyards hundreds of year ago discovered that red grapes produced the best wine. Originally from its humble roots in Spain , Sangria has become a worldwide sensation. Americans first tasted the red wine punch and the 1964 world’s Fair in New York.
Red Sangria Recipe
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 orange, cut into wedges
- 1 apple, cored and diced
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 bottle red wine
- Orange wheel for garnish
- In a large pitcher , add the sugar, orange, apple and lemon and muddle for 30 seconds.
- Add the brandy and orange juice and muddle again for 30 seconds.
- Add the red wine and stir.
- Serve in a red wine glass with ice and garnish with an orange wheel.