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Sangría

If anybody knows about hot-weather refreshments, it’s the Spanish! With that in mind, here are a few Sangría recipes to cool down by….

Basic Sangría Recipe

A very simple, basic sangría recipe. While this sangría is delicious as is, the recipe intentionally leaves ample room for improvisation and additions, and should therefore be used as a springboard to create your own unique sangría recipes.

Makes 4 glasses

Ingredients:

1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine
1 tablespoon sugar
Juice of 1 large orange
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 large orange, sliced thin crosswise
1 large lemon, sliced thin crosswise
2 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
1 cup (8 ounces) club soda

Preparation:

Combine all the ingredients except for the club soda in a large punch bowl or serving pitcher, mixing well. Refrigerate overnight. Immediately before serving, mix in the club soda for added fizz. Ladle into glasses with ice cubes.

Strong Sangría Recipe

For those who like their liquor strong, this powerful sangría recipe aims to please. Fortified with wine, vodka, and gin, this recipe will strip you from your everyday worries (and perhaps, your memory as well).

Makes 6 glasses

Ingredients:

1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine
2 cups (16 ounces) sparkling apple juice
4 tablespoons gin
4 tablespoons citron-flavored vodka
2 tablespoons sugar
Juice of 1 large orange
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 small orange, sliced thin crosswise
1 small lemon, sliced thin crosswise
1 small lime, sliced thin crosswise

Preparation:

Pour all the ingredients into a large pitcher, mix well, and refrigerate. Serve chilled, over ice.

White Sangría Recipe

Bursting with sparkling flavor, this clean version of sangría is unique in its use of ice cubes made from apple juice. For parties, this can be served in a large, transparent punch bowl next to a transparent bowl containing traditional red sangría. This pairing provides a beautiful contrast, provided they are not immediately consumed by eager guests, as is often the case.

Makes 8 glasses

Ingredients:

Apple juice, for ice cubes
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) water
1 small bunch fresh mint
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine
2 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
2 small pears, cut into chunks
2 medium oranges, sliced crosswise
2 small lemons, sliced crosswise
3 cups (24 ounces) sparkling apple cider
Mint leaves, to garnish (optional)

Preparation:

To make the apple juice ice cubes, pour the apple juice into two ice trays and freeze until the sangría is ready to serve.

Combine the water, mint leaves, sugar, and cinnamon in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for several minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once the mixture has cooled to room temperature, remove and discard the mint and cinnamon sticks.

Transfer the remaining mixture to a large serving bowl.

Add the wine, peaches, pears, and the orange and lemon slices to the serving bowl. Mix well, and refrigerate overnight. Immediately before serving, mix in the sparkling apple cider and the apple juice ice cubes.

Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

Party Sangría Recipe

This sangría is especially attractive served in a wine glass with an orange slice garnishing the rim.

Makes 8 glasses

Ingredients:

1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine
1/3 cup (3 ounces) sugar
1/3 cup brandy
1/3 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1/3 lemon-flavored vodka
1 small lemon, sliced crosswise
1 small orange, sliced crosswise
1 small lime, sliced crosswise
1 medium pear, diced
2 medium peach, peeled, pitted and sliced
2 cups (8 ounces) sliced strawberries
1 1-liter (or 32 ounces) bottle carbonated lemon-lime soda

Preparation:

In a sangría pitcher or punch bowl, combine all ingredients except the strawberries and soda. Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Immediately before serving, stir the strawberries and lemon-lime soda. Pour into chilled glasses and serve.

(Recipes from: spain-recipes.com)