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Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Burgundy wine
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 orange, sliced

Glass

Sangria Glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. In a plastic container (with lid) combine sugar, lemon& orange juices, liqueur and wine; stir.Refrigerate for several hours.Pour into pitcher add lemon and orange slices.Serve over ice.

Original recipe makes 7 serving

History of the Sangria Cocktail

Sangria-The term that once meant 'blood' has become probably the most popular drinks in the world . This refreshing mix , generally made from fruit soaked in red wine , is a refreshing summer time drink appreciated around the word.

To be able to discover the true history of sangria, we must go back hundreds of years, when the world appeared bigger, contemporary history was unwritten, and vineyards were starting to spread across the Iberian peninsula. And the individuals who did this-the individuals who planted the ancient vineyards of Spain-did not arrive peacefully. They showed up spilling red blood. These were the Romans. This was around 200 BC. They conquered Spain. They planted the vineyards which would eventually become responsible for the very first sip of sangria.

The local people, in their search for refreshment, and alcoholic pleasure, produced fruit punches from the red wines they were now enjoying. They named these drinks sangria. For they were the colour of blood, and packed a punch given that they were often fortified with a 'punch' of brandy.

It also clarifies why red wine is easily the most widely used foundation for sangria_because those very Romans who planted vineyards thousands of years ago discovered that red grape varietals generated the best wine Hence red grapes were planted , red wine was made, and red wine sangria was created.

Fast ahead thousands of years and history was made in the United States when the sangria was taken to the 1964 world's fair in New York City.
Sangria is currently enjoyed around the world, in restaurants, bars, and especially at home. You can even purchase pre-made sangria, but we highly recommend making your own. It is very easy , and a lot more delicious, with your choice of fresh fruits , wine , and any amount of 'punch' you wish .