How to Make Red Wine Sangria
When thinking of an authentic Spanish cocktail, sangria often comes to mind! According to food historians, sangria was introduced to the United States at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The U.S. quickly embraced the sangria cocktail, which is now served and enjoyed at most bars, restaurants, and gatherings. Although many have put their own spin on the traditional Sangria recipe, we’re sharing one of our favorite delicious and simple Red Wine Summer Sangria cocktails, made with a Spanish Red Blend.
Sangria is the perfect summer cocktail to sip on because it is fruity, sweet, dry, smooth, and refreshing. Best of all, this recipe is easily adaptable if you want to add or substitute ingredients. This beverage is best enjoyed with a seafood paella, summer salad or a charcuterie board that includes spicy salami, creamy Brie cheese, and smoked Gouda.
Recipe makes about 5 glasses.
- 1 Bottle Spanish Red Blend
- ½ Cup Brandy
- ½ Cup Orange Juice
- ½ Cup Pomegranate Juice
- 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 Apple (diced)
- 1 Orange (sliced into small wedges)
- 1 Cup Blueberries
To begin, dice your apple into even cubes (you can leave the skin on or use a peeler to remove). Slice your orange into small wedges (leaving the rind on is optional). If you are looking to create the perfect cocktail presentation for your guests (or for social media), we recommend setting aside some orange slices for garnishing at the end.
Next, in a pitcher, add half of the diced apples, half of the orange slices and all the blueberries. Add in 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and muddle for 45 seconds using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. The muddling technique is used to release the flavors from your fruit and sugar into the drink.
Then, pour in the orange juice, pomegranate juice, and Brandy. Muddle for another 30 seconds to enhance the juice and fruit flavors. Add in your favorite Spanish Red Blend of choice, we used El Bombero Gran Reserva, a 100% Spanish Garnacha from our Cellar Collection. Stir in all ingredients one last time to mix everything together. Finally, taste your delicious creation and adjust as needed by adding any additional ingredients before placing it into the refrigerator.
For best results, refrigerate overnight. This will allow the fruit to soak in the Red Wine, Brandy, and juice, making it even more flavorful. If you plan on consuming your cocktail immediately after making it, we recommend serving over ice in a chilled glass, rather than adding ice directly to the pitcher.
Serving Tip: Use frozen blueberries instead of ice to keep your drink cool and refreshing!
Red Wine Summer Sangria Tasting Notes
For this recipe, we used El Bombero Gran Reserva*, a Cellar Collection Spanish wine from award-winning winemaker Javier Domeque.
Tasting notes: This 100% Spanish Garnacha delivers a punch of deep, dark, berry flavor. Enjoy intriguing spicy-cocoa characters as a result of three years spent mellowing in oak barrels and an additional three-plus years in bottle. This wine keeps you coming back for more!
*Call your local Wine Cellar store for wine availability and recommendations on alternative Red Wines. Our suggested Cellar Collection alternatives are:
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