Summer Time - Sangria Time

 

Glasses of white sangria

Sangria is the summer drink of choice at La Peninsula as this alcoholic beverage originated in Spain and Portugal and under EU regulations only those two Iberian nations can label their product as Sangria!

The name 'Sangria' means blood-letting and even though the name is not that appealing, the taste certainly is.  Once again, we owe this great invention to the Romans who, in order to avoid drinking unsafe water, came up with this tasty wine recipe mixed with herbs and spices to satiate their thirst. 

There are a multitude of variations of Sangria recipes even within the regions of Spain and Portugal so we have selected what we think are two easy, delicious recipes which will keep every party guest happy and the conversation flowing. 

Beware - this drink is as delicious as it is dangerous - far too refreshing and its sweetness makes it easy to drink - so drink with caution!

TRADITIONAL RED SANGRIA 

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4
1/2 apple (chopped into small pieces)
1/2 orange (unpealed, sliced into small pieces)
1/2 orange to garnish
3-4 Tbsp organic brown sugar 
3/4 cup orange juice (plus more to taste)
1/3 cup brandy or fruit liquor (plus more to taste)
750 ml bottle of bold, fruity, dry Spanish red wine (like Tempranillo, Garnacha, or other Rioja wine)
Ice to chill

    METHOD

    Add apples, oranges, and sugar to a large pitcher and mix with a wooden spoon for 45 seconds.
    Add orange juice and brandy and muddle again to combine for 30 seconds.
    Add red wine and stir to incorporate, then taste and adjust flavor as needed. Stir to combine.
    Add ice and stir once more to chill. Serve as is, or with a bit more ice and garnish with orange segments.

     

    SUMMER WHITE SANGRIA 

    INGREDIENTS

    Serves 4
    1 bottle white wine (750 ml) like Albariño, Rueda or a Sauvignon Blanc. Or if you prefer a drier tase you can experiment with manzanilla, sherry or even cava!
    3 cups sliced fruit - apples, peaches, grapes, and strawberries
    1/4 cup sugar 
    1/4 cup brandy 
    1/4 cup liquor of choice (peach or raspberry liquor best)
    Lemonade - to taste
    Ice cubes to chill

    METHOD

    Add fruit and sugar to a large pitcher and mixed with a wooden spoon for 45 seconds.
    Add lemonade, brandy, liquor and muddle again to combine for 30 seconds.
    Add white wine and stir to incorporate, then taste and adjust flavour as needed. 
    Add ice and stir once more to chill. Serve as is, or with a bit more ice. Garnish with some of the fruits