{ Do It Yourself Sangria }

In the spirit of all this Spanish food blogging, I have decided to post a DYI Sangria recipe. This is NOT my own recipe, but I think it is better than any of the other ones that I have made in the past. Therefore, I will humble myself and post the better recipe for you, which was created by our family friend, Tara Green. The nice thing about this particular sangria recipe is that it isn’t too strong, so you can enjoy it throughout duration of the evening (without needing a foot on the floor at bedtime). After my recent trip to Barcelona, I am pretty cautious when it comes to the potency of Sangria–the bartender at Taller de Tapas had me singing “La Vida Loca” after just one glass!

This recipe is easy to make, but the key to making any sangria truly delicious is patience. The drink originated in coastal Spain centuries ago to make young and bitter wines more palatable. So the longer the wine soaks with the fruit and juice, the better the drink tastes (especially the case when using cheaper wines!!). If you’re making it for a party, then make it the day before so all of the flavors develop. Tara allows at least 8 hours for this recipe to sit in the refrigerator, but suggests 24 if you think far enough in advance. Also, remember that the fruit needs to soak in the rum in one container and the wine and fruit juice need to soak in another container before they are combined for serving!

{ Ingredients }

  • 2 bottles of red wine (Merlot or Cabernet)
  • 3 cups of peach/mango/orange juice divided
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of pineapple rum (or pineapple coconut – Malibu)
  • Diced fresh fruit; any combination of kiwi, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, orange, lemon, and strawberries

{ To Make SangriaCombine the wine with the 2 cups of the fruit juice and sugar. Cover and let refrigerate for a minimum of 8 hours, preferably 24.

Dice up the fruit and combine with the rum and remaining 1 cup of fruit juice. Cover and refrigerate minimum of 8 hours, preferably 24.

To serve, combine the fruit and rum mixture with the wine mixture and stir.

**If you want to make the sangria less intense, then you can strain and add the fruit, discarding the rum. On the other hand, if you want to give your Sangria an extra kick and a nice final note, you can top it off with a splash of club soda or sparkling wine (Cava is great!).

3 Comments

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3 responses to “{ Do It Yourself Sangria }

  1. kat

    Yum, yum, yum!!! I love sangria, sooo perfect for a summer night! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. I love sangria, one of my favourite drinks. I found an incredible bar in Madrid that served only sangria. It was delicious and really very cheap. I really need to get on and blog my traditional spanish recipes that I collected. This may give me the kick up the arse I needed.

    • Thats sounds awesome! I agree that the sangria in Spain was out of this world…I wish I could go back. I would love to try one of your recipes as well, if you would be willing to send it over. You can e-mail it to k.bajek@hotmail.com. Maybe I can feature another guest recipe on my blog?!?

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