Saturday 4 January 2014

Best Sangria Recipes Ever

Best Sangria Recipes Ever

Sangria normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. Chopped fruit can include orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwifruit and mango. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice is added. Instead of brandy, other liquids such as Seltzer, Sprite or 7 Up may be added.
White wine can be used instead of red, in which case the result is called sangria Blanca or, as in Argentina and Paraguay, cleric. Some recipes that use heavier reds can be lightened by mixing a bottle of white in the mix. In some parts of Southern Spain, sangria is called zurra and is made with peaches or nectarines. In most recipes, wine is the dominant ingredient and acts as a base. In some regions of Portugal cinnamon and "medronho" (the fruit of strawberry trees) brandy are used. Mulled wine can be used to provide a rich full-bodied taste, chilled with orange juice, lemonade and a sliced pear to add sweetness.
Preparation consists of cutting the fruit in thin slices or small cubes, then mixing in advance all ingredients except for ice and carbonated sodas. After several hours, or a full day in a refrigerator to allow time for the fruit flavors to blend with the rest of the ingredients, the ice and any last-minute ingredients are added and the drinks are poured.
To celebrate, we’re sipping on some super refreshing, ridiculously easy to make Apple Sangria! Yep, only three ingredients: Apples. Wine. Champagne. That’s it! The thing that makes this “wine punch” oh so special is the intense apple flavor you get by soaking the apples in your wine. Some of you are probably making a poopy-face about the Riesling (it’s not for everyone, we know), but before you go for the Pinot Grigio substitute, we urge you to try the Riesling version first! The sweet crispness goes great with the apples and the dry/brut champagne really helps “even out” the overall sweetness. Also, feel free to add some other fruits if you’d like to dress it up a bit more. We like lightly crushing blueberries and adding that to the mix every now and then….super yum!
Anyway, we hope you’ll help us celebrate our first birthday by making a giant batch of this Sangria and sharing it with loved ones….maybe with an awesome meat and cheese platter, or whatever. Cheers!
Sparkling Apple Sangria 
Serves 4 to 6 
1 (750ml) bottle of Riesling (can sub Pinot Grigio)
1 red delicious apple, julienne
1 granny smith apple, julienne
1/2 (750ml) bottle of Brut champagne or sparkling wine, chilled 
1. Pour Riesling into a large pitcher and stir in apples. Place in the refrigerator and allow to sit for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
2. Add champagne/sparkling wine, stir and serve.
If your apples brown or get limp while infusing into the wine, strain the apples out and replace them with fresh ones before adding the champagne and serving. The fresh apples WILL float to the top for a bit, but the sangria will stay just as delicious.
White Peach Sangria 
This fruity sangria is full of summer flavors like peach, and berries. It’s perfect for a summer day by the pool.
Serves: 8
• 56 oz. Moscato wine (I used a large bottle of Barefoot)
• 1 c. Peach Schnapps
• ½ c. simple syrup
• 1 peach, sliced
• 1 naval orange, sliced
• 1 c. strawberries, sliced
• 1 c. green grapes
• ¼ c. blueberries
• ¼ c. blackberries 
1. combine all ingredients in a pitcher
2. using a large spoon, muddle the fruit to release juices
3. allow to sit in the refrigerator over night for the best flavor
4. serve cold
5. freeze additional grapes to use in glasses to keep chilled
Fresh Strawberry Margaritas 
recipe for one margarita, can easily be multiplied
  • 2 ounces Grand Marnie
  • 1 1/2 ounces Tequila
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 2 1/2 ounces strawberry simple syrup [recipe below] lime + fresh strawberries for garnish
  • salt + sugar for the rim 
  • Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in a mix of margarita salt + sugar [I used about 3 tablespoons salt to 2 teaspoons sugar]. Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand Marnie, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices and add a few strawberries.
  • For strawberry simple syrup: combine equal parts sugar and water, bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, then turn off heat and let cool completely. Combine 1 cup simply syrup + 1 1/2 cups slices strawberries in a blender and blend until combined. I don’t mind strawberry seeds, but if you’d like you can strain the mixture over a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
  • This recipe can be easily doubled, quadrupled, etc. Since everyone’s tastes differ, add simple syrup 1/4 cup at a time and go from taste. I also suggest buying the lime juice if you plan on making a pitcher (or 2) considering you’d have to squeeze a billion limes to get enough juice.

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