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DharMag April 2016 How to make the perfect Spanish Sangria: the ultime recipe

Spanish Sangria, how to make the perfect Sangria with lots of fruits Sangria is the Spanish drink par excellence, a refreshing cocktail made with red wine and fruit, to which is added, depending on the cases, vermouth, brandy, sherry, Port wine, but there are also variants with gin and triple sec.

There aren’t any original, encoded Sangria recipe, also because it’s quintessential of experimentation and it lends itself to intensive testing, both as it concerns the spirits and fruits involved in the process.

This is the secret to make the perfect sangria: good seasonal fruit and the right combination of spirits and liqueurs to add unique flavors.

Sangria is part of the great family of the Cup and Bowl cocktail, drinks containing wine, spirits and flavored with spices and fruit, usually prepared in a large bowl (really?) or carafes.

Sangria is an alchemical drink and has three major advantages:

1) It’s extremely refreshing, you can’t stop drinking it once you’ve started, pay attention to those sneaky swimming pools…

2)It allows you to recycle those bottles of dubious origin that your old uncle Festus gave you for Christmas.

3)It’s able to transform a mediocre bottle into a wild party.

Sangria ingredients

  • 2 medium quality fruity red wine bottles (Merlot would be great), not too cheap, but don’t dare to uncork your 1968 Sassicaia!
  • 2 apples
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lime
  • handful of raspberries
  • cinnamon and cloves
  • 100 ml of Port wine
  • 40 ml of sherry
  • 40 ml of brandy
  • mint, optional

How to make the perfect Spanish sangria

First of all we will take care of the fruits. If there is a trick to make an irresistible sangria is to add citrus fruits, at least one exemplary from oranges, limes, lemons, and cedars there should be.

Wash and peel all fruits and cut into medium pieces, remember that the beauty of sangria is to eat fruit while you drink it. Stuck 4-5 cloves in the apple wedges. Cut orange, lime, and lemon in slices.

Pour two bottles into a jug or in a large bowl and dive in the fruits to make them macerate for at least 2 hours. If you want to get the best results, leave fruits in infusion for one night.

Remove cinnamon, add Port, Sherry and a bit of Brandy. If you want a delicious and vivid sparkling drink add some soda if you prefer a more aggressive and alcoholic drink skip soda.

Finally, do not miss to add some ice, a big chunk would be preferable, stir gently and serve in large glasses with plenty of fruit.

Remember that sangria is a drink to prepare in substantial quantities so that fruits can macerate in the wine releasing flavors and perfumes. It’s perfect in the summer, refreshing and light, for every occasion. Let’s make some experiments with the ingredients and send us your Sangria especial!

Sangria food pairings

Finger food, tapas, tortillas, spicy dishes, mixed paella, tuna tataki with sesame, pasta with shrimps and asparagus, spaghetti with pesto and squid, hot dogs, ribs and Buffalo wings.

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