Sangria!

Sangria is a drink that always reminds me of summers in Spain. It’s really lovely and easy to bring a taste of Spanish holidays home, the hardest part is chopping of fruit! The nice part is you can really make something unique by using any fruit the you fancy. I like white peaches, cherries, apple, orange and lemons but you can mix and match as you like maybe adding strawberries, peaches, mango, grapefruit or raspberries. Frozen grapes make a lovely addition too and help keep the sangria nice and chilled.

Step one is to chop your chosen fruit and sprinkle with some sugar to bring out the sweetness as the wine is served cold this extra sweetness helps balance the tannins in red wine and counter the acid of white wines. If your fruit is tart or not full of ripe sweetness, you may need a sprinkle more sugar, use your judgement. I would recommend using a wine that you actually like to drink. If it’s not palatable no amount of fruit will help, so choose something that’s tasty enough to drink on its own.

You can also add a splash ( a table spoon or two) of orange liquor, brandy or spiced rum if you have it to you fruit mix for a little extra flavour.

Here are 3 options for you to try using a red wine, a white wine and a sparkling.

I decided to use wine from Torres. They make some incredible wines but also some simple delicious easy drinking and reasonable wines too. Torres is Ireland’s number one selling Spanish wine brand to so I know it’s popular and easy to pick up. I choose Vina Sol for the white sangria and Sangre de Toro for the red. My pick for the sparkling is Freixenet Cava, a favourite since visiting the vineyard a number of years ago.

Ariel view of my white sangria: lemons, granny smith apples and white peaches
Ariel view of my white sangria: lemons, granny smith apples and white peaches
what a pretty pitcher!
What a pretty pitcher! could resist the pun, profile of my white sangria

White Sangria

  • a green apple
  • a lemon
  • a white peach
  • a spoonful of sugar
  • a splash of brandy if you fancy  (I used Longueville house Irish apple brandy because it’s amazing!)
  • 1 bottle of Torres Vina Sol

Chop the fruit however you like

Sprinkle on the sugar and a splash of brandy

Pour over the white wine leave in the fridge for a few hours or over night

serve over ice!

Plumbs and cherries for red sangria: There's your 5 a day right there!
Plumbs and cherries for red sangria: There’s your 5 a day right there!

 

My Classic Red Sangria

  • handful of cherries halved
  • 3 plumbs
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 orange sliced
  • a splash of spiced rum
  • a heaped tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 bottle of red wine

mix all ingredients, leave in the fridge, drink over ice!

 

Sparkling Sangria

  • 3 white peaches
  • a few cherries or strawberries
  • a spoon of vanilla sugar or castor sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract
  • a small pinch of ground star anise
  • a bottle of cava

mix the fruits and sugar

leave in the fridge over night

pop in the fruit mixture in the bottom of a glass

top up with cava or sparkling wine!

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