Whoever thinks of sangria immediately has pictures of party troops drinking from buckets of straws at the Ballermann. This is completely unfair and creates a completely false picture. Because the southern classic has so much more to offer.
It’s time to put the punch back in perspective. Because the Spanish trend drink is traditionally served in pretty carafes with tapas and co., but it is refreshing and not at all as unhealthy as the baller paintings suggest. These 3 recipes bring the holiday to your home.
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What is sangria?
The classic sangria is a traditional summer drink from Spain and Portugal. The punch consists mainly of red wine, fruit juice and fresh fruit. However, these are only the basic ingredients.
Each region has its own creations, so there are no limits to your creativity. Besides red wine, you can also add brandy, orange liqueur and even mineral water. You can also let off steam with the fruit and choose anything you like best.
Sangria is traditionally served in carafes or glasses. © Oksana Mizina / Shutterstoc.com
Which wine for sangria?
Although a light white or rosé wine is usually better suited to summer, a dry red wine, for example a Spanish Tempranillo, a Merlot or Chianti, belongs to the Sangria. The punch is refreshing and light later on due to the fruit juice and fruit.
However, make sure that the wine has no more than 12 percent alcohol content, otherwise its strong aroma will distort the taste of the sangria.
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If you want to make a non-alcoholic sangria, simply replace the wine with grape juice.
When should you prepare sangria?
In principle, the sangria is assembled within about 10 minutes. However, the sangria should steep for at least two hours to allow it to develop its full aroma. This is the only way the fruity aroma from the fruit can get into the wine.
If you want to prepare the sangria the evening before, you should add the citrus fruits to the drink a few hours before serving. Otherwise, too many bitter substances from the peel will get into the liquid.
Sangria is perfect for a barbecue party or a cosy get-together with friends. © RossHelen / Shutterstock.com
Sangria tastes best when it is summery outside. A good sangria should not be missing at the next summer party! In Spain, sangria is usually drunk in the evening and enjoyed with tapas.
Which fruits go with the sangria?
Apples, oranges and peaches are used for the classic sangria. What is allowed, however, is what tastes good. Choose your favorite fruit and be creative until you find your favorite creation.
Sweet fruits, which can absorb alcohol well, are particularly suitable. Strawberries or pineapple, but also melon and raspberries are excellent. You can also put the melon on the glass – similar to a cocktail. That looks nice and the melon is easy to snack.
Tip: Fresh mint provides that certain something and also looks great.
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Is the next barbecue already planned? Then try this delicious sangria recipe.
Spanish Sangria Recipe
Sangria not only tastes wonderfully like summer, it is also a real eye-catcher. © Rimma Bondarenko / Shutterstock.com
- 2 bottles of red wine à 700 ml
- 5 cl brandy
- 250 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
- 6 EL fresh lemon juice
- 250 ml lemonade
- 1 apple
- 4 peaches
- 2 oranges
- 1 lemon
- 3 EL Sugar
- 3 stems fresh Minze
- n.B . 100 ml Orangenlikör
- n.B . Watermelon
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- Cut the apple, peaches, as well as the 2 oranges and the lemon into slices and put them in a large carafe (about 2 litres capacity) and sprinkle them with sugar
- Fill the carafe with red wine, brandy, freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice.
- Leave to stand in the refrigerator for about 4 hours. Add the mint as stems and ice cubes before serving.
- The glasses can be decorated with a pane and additional mint.
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Delicious peach sangria:
This sangria recipe is prepared with white wine or cava instead of red wine. The peaches as well as the peach liqueur provide an unmistakable fruity and seductive taste.
Delicious melon sangria:
This sangria can be prepared with or without alcohol. In addition, the recipe, which is low in histamine and fructose, is ideal for allergy sufferers*.
When you think of sangria, you think of bucket-drinking on the ballerina? Stop it! From now on you can have sangria with style at your barbecue. You can’t go wrong with these recipes – your guests will love the Spanish refreshment.