Bringing Travel Home: Perfecting The Sangria

Spain is known as the inventor of the Sangria, the flavorful and fruit-infused red wine.

UNSPLASH Helena Yankovska

A perfect complement to a warm summer day, this concoction is easy to drink—almost too easy—and does its job for cheap. You’ll never drink a sangria because someone has forced you to, no, the real challenge is to get your to stop. And the best part is, it’s easy to make. Recreate the relaxing days of summer by stirring up your own sangria, made to drink for your tastes.

One of the best parts about the drink is how easy it is to make, and how versatile it can be.

Below is the basic anatomy of making any sangria:

1. The Pitcher

You definitely want a large pitcher to make the traditional Sangria. It’s great for making batches, and is the optimal size for a large party.

2. The Fruit

Add about 1 cup to 2 cups (I always go with more) of your favorite fruits. Most Spanish restaurants use apples, strawberries, and orange slices, but many have less common ones such as kiwi or mango flavored.

3. The Wine

Red or white, sparkling or flat, you choose. Red and flat is the most common, but white sparkling wine is a lighter mixup.

4. The Special Something

A hint of rum, brandy, or triple sec for the extra kick. Subtle, but effective. I say a shot or two per pitcher.

5. The Sugar

Sangrias are notoriously sweet, and you can use sugar, agave, or honey to sugar it up. I’d go with the latter if you want to keep things “healthy.”

6. The Spice (optional)

I’ve had Sangrias spiced with cinnamon that give it heat, and I’ve also enjoyed sangria infused with mint or basil for a most refreshing taste. Experiment with herbs and spices you like to kick your wine up a notch.

And that’s the basic list of things you’ll need for any sangria. The mixture of wine and fruit are perfect for the summertime, so entertain your friends and bring summer to your table with a nice pitcher of sangria for your next get together.

Desiree Constance Choy

Desiree is from San Francisco, California. She is an actress, known for 13 Reasons Why (2017), I Won't Give Up (2014) and Dreality (2016).

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