Everyone loves a good sangria recipe, especially during the spring and summer. From simple sangrias to more complex concoctions, there is certainly a perfect drink for any occasion.
One of the best things about making your own sangria is that you can choose what goes into it.
From flavors to alcohol content – so that each glass is tailor-made just for you! As with normal wine, sangria can be made from red or white grapes.
For a more distinct flavor, choose a red grape variety such as Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah. These wines are known for their bolder notes, which give sangria its characteristic taste. Still, looking at those fruitier notes? Sweet white wines like Riesling or Gewürztraminer can also be used to make sangria, lending a lovely fruity taste that is perfect for summer.
So now you know the basics – what wine to choose and what fruits to add – but what else do you need?
Most importantly, you’ll need some sort of liquor. Brandy is a popular choice, as are dark liquors like rum and whiskey. However, if you want to keep things light, feel free to use vodka instead. Finally, don’t forget the mixers! Orange juice, apple cider, and pineapple juice are all great choices that will complement the wine and fruit flavors nicely.
Now that you have all of the necessary ingredients, you’re ready to start making your sangria!
Firstly, chill your wine of choice in the refrigerator overnight. This will allow the flavors and aromas to blend together and give it a nice cooled taste.
Next, choose your fruits – whatever is in season is best since it not only tastes delicious but because it’s usually cheaper too! Good choices for summer include peaches, nectarines, strawberries, and blueberries. All of these fruits pack a powerful flavor punch and go well with both red and white wines. If you want something more classic, oranges, apples, apricots, plums or pears are all great options as well. They have a notorious reputation for being used in sangrias, and for good reason!
Once you have chosen your fruit, it’s time to prepare it. Wash the fruit thoroughly and chop it into small pieces. Add it to a large pitcher or bowl and pour in the wine. If you are using brandy or any other liquor, now is the time to add that as well. Stir everything together and then place the mixture in the fridge to chill for at least two hours.
After the mixture has chilled, it’s time to add your mixers. One cup of orange juice, apple cider, or pineapple juice should be enough for a full pitcher of sangria. Stir everything together again and serve over ice! For those who want a stronger drink, feel free to add more liquor or wine. For an extra fruity taste, try adding a bit more fruit as well.
There you have it! Your very own delicious homemade sangria! From red to white, sweet or dry, there’s a sangria out there for everyone. Not sure where to start? Look for recipes online and experiment with different ingredients until you find your perfect glass!
Do you want to make your sangria with white wine?
Totally possible. Here are five kinds of white wines try:
· Riesling (sweet)
· Pinot Grigio (dry): one of the most popular choices when making sangria with white wines
· Sauvignon Blanc (dry)
· White Zinfandel (sweet)
· Chenin Blanc (off-dry). This option is good if you want a less sweet kind of sangria.
Whichever white wine you will use, it is recommended that you pour some into the glass first and let it sit for a while to allow its flavors to blend with those of other ingredients as well as to “open up”. This might just be the secret why red wines are more popular than white wines when making sangrias!
For a non-alcoholic version, simply replace the brandy with sparkling apple cider or ginger ale.
So, which one of these five kinds of wine will you choose? Any others not mentioned on this list? If so, we would like to know about them too! What do you think? Comment below and share your thoughts. Thanks!