BRIGHTEN UP ANY SUMMER PARTY WITH A VIBRANT PITCHER OF FRUITY SPANISH SANGRIA.

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Sangria is a cocktail made for sharing. A fresh, vibrant pitcher of the Spanish punch served during a summer BBQ is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Beyond being a Spanish invention, little is known about the origins of sangria. The name is generally believed to be taken from the Spanish word sangre, which means blood – no doubt in reference to the drink’s deep red colour.

Apart from a few staple ingredients, sangria is wonderfully adaptable – recipes vary widely by region and, perhaps more pertinently, what is available! It’s a cocktail perfectly suited to spontaneity – a bottle of plonk, a rummage in the back of the liquor cabinet, a good dash of lemonade and whatever you’ve got left in the fruit bowl can result in a surprisingly delicious and refreshing drink.

Ingredients

2 bottles of fruity red wine

250 ml spirit - brandy, vermouth, sherry or rum work well

1 each orange, lemon, apple diced (or any other juicy fruit)

2 bottles Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic (or substitute with Ginger Ale or Club Soda)

Ice cubes to chill

Method

Chop all the fruit into equal-sized pieces and add to a large pitcher. Pour over the wine and spirit. Stir to combine and refrigerate until chilled, or until you’re ready for it! Add the ice and lemon tonic just before serving.

Mixers: Lemon Tonic

Spirits: Appleton Estate Special Gold Rum

Tastes: Full-flavoured warmth

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