Red wine sangria is one of my all-time favorite drinks. It’s a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or just want to kick back and relax on a sunny afternoon, red wine sangria is sure to hit the spot. In this article, I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of how to make red wine sangria, and I’ll also share some of my personal touches and commentary along the way.
Gather the Ingredients
The first step in making red wine sangria is to gather all the necessary ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 bottle of red wine (I prefer a fruity red wine like a Rioja or a Malbec)
- 1 cup of orange juice (freshly squeezed is best, but store-bought works too)
- 1/2 cup of brandy (optional, but it adds a nice depth of flavor)
- 1/4 cup of simple syrup (you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water)
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 1 apple, thinly sliced
- 1 cup of mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
- A handful of fresh mint leaves
Mix and Chill
Once you have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to mix everything together. In a large pitcher, combine the red wine, orange juice, brandy, and simple syrup. Stir well to ensure that all the flavors are evenly distributed. Next, add the sliced oranges, lemon, lime, apple, berries, and mint leaves to the pitcher. Give it another good stir to mix everything together.
Now comes the hard part – waiting. Red wine sangria is best when it’s had time to chill and let the flavors meld together. I recommend refrigerating the pitcher for at least 2-4 hours, or even overnight if you can resist the temptation. Trust me, it will be worth the wait.
Serve and Enjoy
Once your red wine sangria is nice and chilled, it’s time to serve and enjoy. Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the sangria over the top, making sure to include plenty of the fruit and mint leaves in each serving. You can also garnish each glass with a sprig of mint or a slice of orange for an extra touch of elegance.
Now, sit back, relax, and savor the deliciousness of your homemade red wine sangria. The combination of the fruity wine, citrus flavors, and fresh fruit make for a truly delightful and refreshing drink. Cheers to you and your newfound sangria-making skills!
Making red wine sangria is a fun and rewarding experience. It allows you to get creative with flavors and showcase your personal style. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of patience, you can create a drink that is sure to impress your friends and family. So why not give it a try? I promise you won’t be disappointed. Cheers!