As a wine enthusiast, one of my favorite drinks to enjoy is a refreshing pitcher of homemade sangria. With its combination of wine, fresh fruits, and a hint of sweetness, sangria is the perfect beverage for summertime gatherings or cozy nights in. Today, I’ll share with you my personal recipe for making the perfect sangria wine.
Choosing the Right Wine
When making sangria, it’s crucial to start with a good quality wine. I prefer using a medium-bodied red wine, such as a Spanish Rioja or a fruity Tempranillo. The wine should be flavorful but not too tannic, as it will be enhanced by the addition of fruits and other ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need for my special sangria recipe:
750 ml of red wine
1/4 cup of brandy
1/4 cup of orange liqueur
1/4 cup of simple syrup (adjust to taste)
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 cup of fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries)
1 apple, cored and diced
2 cups of sparkling water or lemon-lime soda
To start, pour the red wine into a large pitcher. Add the brandy, orange liqueur, and simple syrup. Stir gently to combine the ingredients. Then, add the sliced fruits and berries, along with the diced apple, to the pitcher. This is where the magic happens – the fruits will impart their flavors into the wine, creating a deliciously fruity infusion.
Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the sangria chill for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight. This allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a more harmonious and well-balanced sangria.
When ready to serve, add the sparkling water or lemon-lime soda to the pitcher. This will give your sangria a delightful effervescence, making it even more enjoyable to drink. Pour the sangria into glasses filled with ice, ensuring that each glass gets a generous amount of fruit. The colorful medley of fruits not only enhances the visual appeal but also intensifies the overall flavor experience.
An enticing aroma of wine and fruits will fill the air as you take your first sip of this delightful homemade sangria. With each sip, you’ll experience the perfect balance of sweetness from the fruits, the richness of the wine, and the subtle kick from the brandy. Cheers to creating memorable moments with good company and great wine!