An emblematic drink of Spain, Sangria smells of holidays in the sun and convivial aperitifs. Its blood red color gave it its name. But to prepare it, the recipes differ. Red wine or white wine , sweet or more full-bodied, fruity or dry... Are you wondering which wine to choose to make a perfect sangria? We tell you everything!
What kind of wine for Sangria?
Sangria clearly alludes to "Sangre," which means blood in Spanish. There is no need to say more to understand that the color of sangria is red, therefore the wine used to make it must also be red. The ideal is to choose a fruity red wine , young , not full-bodied and not very tannic , round and not too acidic, such as Sangiovese , Barbera , Merlot and Syrah .
To flavor the Sangria , sugar, orange juice, citrus slices and pieces of seasonal fruit are then added. You can also add Cointreau-type orange liqueur, vanilla and cinnamon pods and cloves. In any case, it must be served strictly cold, with ice cubes.
Making Sangria is very simple!
- 1 medium watermelon
- 3 baskets of raspberries
- 2 baskets of strawberries
- 1 basket of currants
- 2 baskets of blueberries
- 1 sprig of mint
- 50 g of granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
- 1 orange
- 75cl of red wine
- Chop the mint leaves. Squeeze the orange to extract the juice. Quickly rinse all the berries. Peel the strawberries and cut them in halves or quarters depending on their size. Shell the currants.
- In a salad bowl, mix all the red fruits with the wine, the orange juice, the sugar and the chopped mint. Split the vanilla pod in half. Scrape the fragrant black seeds with the tip of a knife and add to the wine.
- Cut the watermelon in half. Peel a thin slice of peel from the base of each half to keep them in place. Empty them carefully, eliminating as many seeds as possible. Cut the pulp into cubes and mix with the red fruits in the salad bowl.
- Divide this mixture into the watermelon halves. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.