Apr 17, 2014

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Liquor Report: Sangria

sangriaSangria Season | Tonya Taylor | MGirlStaff@yahoo.com |

Fruity beverage season is upon us, and what better way to kick it off than by whipping up a batch of refreshing sangria?

To many, sangria may seem like an intimidating drink to tackle, but a basic recipe simply consists of wine, brandy, and fruit. We’ll get into the various recipes a little later, but for now, just remember that sangria is simply a wine punch.
This Spanish drink translates to the word ‘bleeding’, but don’t let that deter you from making this drink the centerpiece of all of your springtime gatherings.

Serve this cocktail in a plastic pitcher to liven up a birthday party, or ladle it out of a crystal punch bowl during a wedding reception. The options are endless.
Sangria’s base is of course red wine, but what type of red wine? I prefer to use a basic $10 red blend (Zinfandel/Syrah/Cabernet), or any basic, cheap red table wine. Varietal wines tend to overpower the drink, which is why I stick to blends. Brandy is another essential ingredient. I refuse to prepare or consume sangria if it doesn’t contain brandy. I usually keep a bottle of Christian Brothers in my bar, specifically for sangria, but any brand will do.

Remember this is punch, so fruit juices will be added for balance. Of course all opinions will vary, but wine and brandy are my ‘must have’ ingredients. All other ingredients can vary.

The following is my basic sangria recipe, which serves about 12 cups:
Red Wine Sangria

• Mix the following ingredients in a large plastic or glass pitcher:

2 bottles of red wine
1/2 cup of brandy
1/2 cup of triple sec
1 can of frozen lemonade
1/3 cup of orange juice
1/4 cup of lemon juice
2 cups of ginger ale
Fresh fruit (i.e. lemon, lime, and orange slices, berries, etc.)

• Once the ingredients are combined, place the container in the fridge overnight.
• Pour over ice and enjoy!

Feel free to take a couple of sips immediately after mixing your batch, but I have to warn you that the true flavor of the beverage will not be exemplified until it marinates in the fridge overnight, or at least for a few hours.

You can tweak a few of the ingredients to create delicious variations of this drink. Replace the red wine with a white wine (i.e. Chardonnay), use clear brandy instead of dark, and add a splash of peach schnapps to create a batch of white wine sangria.

Make a smoother and more potent sangria by replacing the brandy with cognac and the triple sec with Grand Marnier! Put a tropical twist on this beverage by adding pineapple juice and adding slices of pineapple. There are hundreds of combinations!

How Strong? Abv: 5-10%

 

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