Now that the summer is over, many people are putting away their party hats and getting back into the flow of work. However, for some locales, September is considered a “shoulder season” and the local residents treat it as an extension of the summer. With cooler weather, you may want something other than beer to quench everyone’s thirst, and sangria is the perfect choice.
Sangria is a fruit and wine punch finding its roots in Spain. In most traditional recipes, red wine is used when making up this concoction. Today, however, you will find many “house” blends using different types of white wine as well as red and white blends. In this case, the type of wine in the recipe is merely a suggestion, as there is nothing wrong with going with your personal preferences when creating this delicious and refreshing drink.
Traditional Sangria Recipe
1 bottle of red wine (choose your favorite cabernet, merlot, shiraz, etc…)
1 lemon (wedged)
1 orange (wedged)
1 oz brandy
2C club soda (can substitute ginger ale)
In a large pitcher, squeeze the fresh fruit (remove seeds from the wedges before squeezing juice into pitcher) and then toss wedges into the pitcher. Add brandy and sugar. Stir mixture and allow to chill in the refrigerator overnight.
When ready to serve, remove from fridge and add soda. Can be served as is or on the rocks.
While this is the “traditional” recipe, there is nothing wrong with adding a variety of different fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, and peaches. This is especially true when substituting a white wine or serving a blend of red and white wine. You may find that your guests enjoy the “loaded” fruit just as much as the do the sangria!