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Wine punch typically from Spain and Portugal

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A Quick Tip by MNeulander

  • Sep 4, 2010
This is one of my all time favorite summer drinks to serve my guests, especially when I grill. I do a white or red sangria depending on the meat I am serving.

Typically, one bottle of white or red wine.  I will use some combination of canned mandarin oranges, or sliced regular oranges, limes, pineapple chunks, maraschino cherries, canned sliced pears. I usually add about 4 shots of a light rum or vodka for an added "kick," a can of sprite, and sweetener to taste. lots of ice and you have a very refreshing summer drink. Enjoy!!!
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Quick Tip by . December 01, 2010
Simple way to make it is to add a little sugar, apples, and other seasonal fruit to red wine in a bowl and let steep for a while. The wine is then poured off into glasses, and a little bit of sprite or 7-up can be added (in Spain they use a sweetened club soda, so I suppose you could just add more sugar and then add club soda if you like). Good stuff.
Quick Tip by . October 06, 2010
A very good friend of mine told me that the secret to mixing this drink is finding the right wine which is the cheaper it is, the better. I tend to agree with her because she is awesome!
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
review by . December 25, 2008
Simply put, I love sangria. When I travel abroad, I usually have to order a Coke with at least one meal per day. But by the time I was in Spain on my last trip, I had completely forgotten about Coke (and water) and was ordering it with every meal (except breakfast!).    In Spain, I really enjoyed the regional sangria variations. In Granada, for example, sangria is almost always made with a little bit of Sprite for both carbonation and a lemon flavor. In Madrid, it's definitely …
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Sangria is a type of wine punch common to Spain and Portugal but served throughout the world. In both countries' languages, sangria means "bloody."

Sangria is typically made from the same basic ingredients, although regional variations are common. Ingredients usually include: wine (usually red, but white sangria is not uncommon), sliced/chopped fruits, a sweetener, additional liquors (brandy, triple sec, etc), and sometimes carbonated water or Sprite.

The drink is usually ordered as a pitcher or carafe and is served in small glasses. 

  • 8 oz ginger ale
  • 4 oz sugar syrup
  • 32 oz club soda
  • 3 oz curaçao
  • 2 oz brandy (optional)
  • 2- 750 ml bottles red wine
  • juice of 1 orange
  • juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • 6 thinly sliced orange and lemon sections for garnish
  • 1 thinly sliced fresh or brandied peach for garnish (optional)
  1. Pre-chill all ingredients (preferably overnight).
  2. Mix the red wine, curaçao, brandy, fruit juices and sugar syrup well.
  3. Strain into a chilled punch bowl with a cake of ice.
  4. Add the club soda.
  5. Garnish with the orange, lemon and peach slices.

Makes 24 servings.

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