You can’t throw a summer party in Spain and not prepare sangria. Fresh, sweet and fruity, it is a perfect drink for those summer meals enjoyed al fresco. But be careful… when the weather is hot and people are thirsty, it is easy to drink a little too much!
This is why we propose a pretty soft recipe (especially if you avoid the liquor), but if you want it a little stronger just add less soda.
You can also use orange or lemon soda if you prefer, but the ones listed are the most popular. Depending on how sweet the soda is, you might want to add more sugar. If this is the case, do it before adding the ice.
The fruit can also vary, but the first 4 varieties listed as ingredients are basic.
Ingredients (serves 4)
1 banana/ mango/ lime (optional)
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsps. sugar
1 bottle of wine (You don’t need a great wine but don’t use the cheapest either. I use a young Rioja or any other young red Spanish wine around 6-8 €.)
2-3 cans soda (Sprite, Seven-Up… )
1 shot of gin (or brandy, Grand Marnier… optional)
STEP 1.- Extract the juice of 1 orange and 1/2 lemon. Add the sugar and mix.
STEP 2.- Cut the rest of the fruit into large pieces, at least large enough not to be swallowed easily. Place in a large container and add the juice with sugar.
STEP 3.-Add the wine and the cinnamon stick, check the sweetness and add more sugar if needed and let rest for at least one hour (better 2) in the fridge. This is also the time to add the liquor if you choose to use it.
STEP 4.- Add the soda and ice immediately before serving and enjoy!
– You can also use white wine (will go well with pear and mango), champagne, or rose.
– Don’t use fruit that contains a lot of water, like cantaloupe or watermelon.