Sangria, Your Guide to Spain’s Fruity Drink

Spanish Sangria is one of the most delicious drinks you’ll try. You’ve probably heard the stories of it going back many centuries. This simple, yet tasty drink often causes the relaxing feeling of alcohol while adding vitamins to your diet from the fruit. If you’re not at all familiar with it, then you’re in the right place.

Spanish Sangria is a cocktail drink that typically consists of wine, fruit chunks, and a variety of other ingredients. It’s often unique to the person who makes it, but these ingredients remain consistent. Sangria has been around for centuries, but the term wasn’t coined until the 1900s.

Throughout this article, you’ll also learn more info about Spanish Sangria, including:

  • Details about what is it and its origins
  • How you can make your own sangria
  • How long it keeps and how to properly store it

What Is Sangria?

Pouring Spanish Sangria from Sangria pitcher
Pouring Spanish Sangria

Sangria has many different recipes, but they all have three basic ingredients:

  1. Red wine to add alcohol, flavor, and a relaxing feeling.
  2. Spices to enhance the taste and aroma of the drink.
  3. Fruit, again, for more flavor and health benefits.

According to Casa Blanca Mexican, sangria dates all the way back to 200 B.C. Red wine obviously dates back even further, which is why the vast majority of popular wine cocktails go back so far.

One of the main reasons that sangria became so popular and remained so is that it’s semi-filling, unlike most other cocktails. Usually, when you consume an alcoholic beverage, it leaves you wanting more. An empty stomach also causes the alcohol to take effect much quicker than you might prefer.

Since sangria is loaded with fruit, spices, and other ingredients, it’s like enjoying a meal and a drink at the same time. You can slowly drink it throughout the night or have a couple of them to keep your appetite at bay.

Unlike heavy beer or soda, sangria doesn’t cause bloating and excess stomach fat. There aren’t as many of the fillers, but you’ll still feel satisfied at the end of a drink. The only downside of sangria is that it typically has quite a bit of sugar from the fruit, soda, wine, and optional syrup.

Types of Sangria

It’s important to note that Spanish sangria isn’t an all-encompassing term. There are multiple types of drinks for different occasions.

For example, if you’re having a small get-together with friends and family, you might want to consider warmer spices and more fruit. On the other hand, large parties call for a punch bowl, lemonade in the sangria, and barely any fruit.

Base your Spanish sangria on the crowd, who’s coming, how many people are stopping by, and how you want the experience to feel. If you don’t know where to start, proceed to the next section to learn an easy sangria recipe.

How to Make Sangria

Spanish Sangria with two glasses
Classic Spanish Sangria

Making sangria is much easier than you might think. Let’s dive into the step-by-step instructions below.

Get Your Ingredients

Before you start pouring the aforementioned ingredients into a bowl and mix them together, it’s important that you have a list of everything you’ll need. Here’s what you should get for your sangria:

  • Red wine
  • Lemons, oranges, green apples, or any other variety of juicy fruit
  • Brown sugar
  • A stick of cinnamon
  • (Optional) Brandy
  • (Optional) Carbonated water

Prepare the Fruit

You’ll need to chop the fruit into fine pieces. Dice everything together and place them in a bowl so the flavors can start to mix with one another. Remember to reach for citrus fruits if you really want to enhance the taste of your sangria.

Mix the Sangria

If you choose to use carbonated water for the fizzy effect, pour that into the bowl first. You’ll need a large punch bowl or you can purchase a one-gallon sangria pitcher to hold large quantities of sangria. Here’s the exact process of mixing the drink properly:

  1. Pour the carbonated water into the container.
  2. Add the fruit and let it all sit for a few minutes to distribute the flavor.
  3. Splash a bit of brandy into the mixture.
  4. Place the cinnamon stick in the drink.
  5. (Optional) Consider squeezing a lemon or an orange into the sangria.
  6. Add one tablespoon of brown sugar to the drink.

Store the Drink

Your sangria shouldn’t be consumed right after you prepare it. One of the most influential steps of the process is to allow the flavors to combine with each other.

Place the pitcher or bowl in the fridge and ensure that it’s covered with a lid or plastic wrap. Gimme Some Oven suggests leaving it in there for a bare minimum of one to four hours for the best results.

Note: Leaving sangria in the fridge for too long will result in soggy, gross fruit. This might not be as much of an issue if you’re dealing with dense fruits, such as apples.

If you don’t want to go through the stress of making sangria by yourself, Master of Mixes sells a red sangria mixer kit. It has everything you need to make your own sangria right at home.

How Long Does Sangria Last?

Sangria has a decent shelf life, but as you probably noticed above, the fruit can start to go bad quickly. It won’t be unhealthy to eat or drink, but the flavor and texture won’t be as good as when it was freshly prepared.

Leaf.tv estimates that Spanish sangria can last anywhere from 3 to 5 days before it’s time to toss the batch. For the best results, make the sangria early in the day that you want to drink or serve it to your guests.

Try these simple storage tips to make your sangria last longer:

  • Always seal the container. Bacteria floating around can spoil sangria quickly. There’s also the issue of it losing its flavor from the overwhelming staleness created by most refrigerators. Using plastic wrap or reusable lids is an excellent way to prevent your sangria from going bad.
  • Consider using a dark glass container. Plastic leaches chemicals and reduces the quality of the flavor. Glass is much better, but it’s even more beneficial when you use dark glass. Think about all of the different types of alcohol stored and sold in dark green, brown, and black glass for reference.
  • Keep your refrigerator below 40 degrees F (~4.5C). It’s important that you don’t let the sangria spoil. Since there’s plenty of fruit, it’ll go back if you let the temperature go above the recommended guidelines. Also, try to keep it near the top shelf (or wherever it’s closer to the freezer).
  • Don’t add the carbonated water if you don’t drink it the same day. It’ll lose the bubbles, which ends up creating a stale, watered-down sangria. Instead, add the carbonated water right before you drink it if you’re storing it for a few days. You’ll still get the same delicious effect.

Conclusion

Spanish sangria and spanish tapas on the beach
Spanish Sangria & some delicious tapas

Spanish sangria is a very popular drink, and for good reasons. The delicious flavor and warm feeling are second to none. Whether you’re preparing a punch bowl for a party or a jug for a small gathering, you can make the perfect sangria wherever you go.

Here’s a quick recap of the post:

  • Use fruit, cinnamon, brandy, and carbonated water to boost the flavor of the red wine.
  • Always seal your sangria when you’re storing it in the fridge.
  • Spanish sangria recipes go back for many centuries.
  • Sangria is usually much more filling than other alcoholic beverages.
  • You can choose to make your own sangria at home or use a pre-made kit.

So what is some of the best Spanish food  to enjoy sangria with? How about Spain’s iconic Jamón Iberico? Oh, and don’t forget dessert. You’ll be hooked after tasting Spain’s tastiest desserts!

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