Sangria! Sangria!

Sangria! Sangria!

The best sangria recipe I've been able to hone to perfection for summer parties! I like to use a fruity Spanish red wine, such as Garnacha.

When you need a crowd-pleasing cocktail, sangria is the obvious choice. A pitcher of sangria is the perfect summer drink to sip on at your backyard barbecue or party. So, let us introduce you to the best sangria recipe on the internet. It's easy to make and, even better, it's irresistibly delicious.

What Is Sangria?

Sangria is an alcoholic punch that originated in Spain and Portugal. There are two common varieties: red sangria and white sangria. It's typically made with wine, liqueur, sparkling water, fruit juice, and lots of sliced fruit.

What's In Sangria?

There are many variations of sangria ingredients, but this recipe for the best sangria calls for:

  • Red Wine: Opt for a dry, fruity Spanish red wine.
  • Brandy: Brandy adds an extra sweet and fruity flavor to the sangria.
  • Triple Sec: Choose a high-quality triple sec for an extra punch of orange flavor.
  • Fruit Juice:This recipe calls for orange juice, lemon juice, and frozen lemonade concentrate.
  • Sugar (Optional): If you like your sangria sweeter, add some white sugar.
  • Carbonated Water (Optional): Add carbonated water for a little fizz, if you like.
  • Fruit: This recipe calls for sliced lemon, orange, lime, and maraschino cherries.

What Is the Best Wine For Sangria?

Any dry red wine will work, but we like to use fruity Spanish wine, such as Garnacha for the best flavor results. It doesn't have to be the most expensive bottle either. You'll be adding so many sweet ingredients to the wine that will dress it up.

What Is the Best Fruit For Sangria?

We like to use what this recipe calls for (lemon, orange, lime, and maraschino cherries), but you can really use any in-season fruits that you like.

How to Make Sangria

Making the best sangria is so incredibly easy. Simply mix all the liquid ingredients (expect the carbonated water) together in a pitcher, then add the sliced fruit. Refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to blend. If you're using carbonated water, add it right before serving for the fizziest results.

Nicole's Best Sangria Tips

Culinary producer Nicole McLaughlin says "this might be the best sangria recipe" she's ever tasted. High praise, indeed! Here are some of Nicole's best tips and tricks for making the perfect sangria every time:

· Good sangria starts with a good wine. You can use red or white, but try to stick to something on the drier side. Nicole opted for a chilled Spanish grenache.
· You can definitely make this sangria ahead of time. In fact, it'll taste best if you let it chill in the fridge for about eight hours to allow the flavors to meld. Just don't add the carbonated water until right before serving so it stays nice and bubbly.
· Get creative! You can easily make this recipe your own by mixing up the ingredients — just make sure the final product includes all the essential elements (wine, liqueur, fruit juice, sweetener, fruit, and effervescence).

How Long Does Sangria Last In the Fridge?

Sangria will last for about three to five days in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container. It will only last for a day or two if stored in the pitcher covered with storage wrap, so we recommend moving it to an airtight container if you don't plan on drinking it all within two days.

Ingredients

  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ½ cup triple sec
  •  cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  •  cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup white sugar (Optional)
  • 1 medium orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium lime, sliced into rounds
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups carbonated water (Optional)

     

    Directions

    Step1: Gather all ingredients.
    Step2:
    Mix together red wine, brandy, triple sec, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar in a bowl. Add orange, lemon, and lime slices and maraschino cherries.
    Step3:
    Serve immediately over ice, or refrigerate 8 hours to overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.

    Tips

    You can use add ginger ale instead of club soda if preferred.

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