Everyone knows sangria. Is that cool, redhead that people love when they are at those summer parties when the main goal is to enjoy yourself and find a way to get rid of the hotness. But sangria’s popularity is not only limited to Spain. Most Europe and the US know everything about this drink. So if you are the only one who still doesn’t know the history of sangria, keep on reading.
What Sangria Isn’t Telling You
- Sangria means bloody;
it is normally created from soda water, fruit juice, red wine, fruit, ice and brandy.
sangria is very versatile because it allows you to play with your favorite type of wine and fruit.
in the South of Spain is known as zurra and it includes peaches or nectarines.
sangria can also be made with white wine and it is known under the name of Sangria Blanco (white sangria).
sangria is a common drink in other Latino countries like Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Chile, and Argentina.
ironically, Spanish people don’t drink a lot of sangria when they go out.
most bars in Spain don’t even serve sangria, but give tourists tinto de verano instead. Locals love it and it is actually cheaper than sangria.
some alternatives to sangria are: Calimocho, rebujito and tinto de verano (red wine mixed with lemon or orange Fanta).
it is similar to the punch that most people drink: a good choice at a big party but not something you drink in a bar. Since sangria is associated to Spain, bar owners take advantage of this and sell it to tourists at a higher price.
And since it is still so cold in some parts of this world, winter sangria is the new trend. Take a look at the recipe and try it at home. But before that, check these 18 ways to drink sangria.
Winter Sangria Recipe
|1 bottle red wine
|2 sticks cinnamon
|1/2 tsp. ginger root
|1/2 tsp. nutmeg
|5 pods cardamom
|Zest of half an orange or lemon
|1/2 cup brown sugar
|1/4 cup brandy
How to prepare it?
1.Start by wrapping the spices and citrus zest into a piece of cloth and seal it with a knot. Place this sack in a pot and pour the wine there, adding the brandy. Let everything simmer over low heat and stir from time to time. Add the sugar when the mixture is still warm.
2. Make sure you don’t let the mulled sangria boil because the flavors will vanish. But leave the pot over low heat for approximately 30 minutes. You know the liquid is ready to be served when it is steaming lightly.
3. Decorate with lemon wedges and serve with extra sugar just in case your guests have a sweet tooth!
For some visual aids, you can find below a video with simple steps on how to prepare a simple sangria recipe.
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