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.
2 bottles of fruity red wine (rioja is most commonly used in Spain)
250ml spirit - brandy, vermouth, sherry or rum work well
1 each orange, lemon, apple diced (or any other juicy fruit)
2 bottles Premium Lemonade
Ice cubes to chill
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 lemonade just before serving.
Mixers: Lemon Tonic Water
Spirits: Appleton Estate Special Gold Rum
Tastes: Full-flavoured warmth