Spanish sangria– one of Spain's most popular yet misunderstood drinks!!Tourists love it,locals barely drink it… here's the scoop on traditional Spanish sangria and what I'd consider the best simple sangria recipe I've tried!Read to the end for some twists on Spanish sangria– I'm always trying new 亚博竞彩下载recipes!!
In the time before food blogs and TripAdvisor,tourists came to Spain expecting little more than paella,sangria and flamenco,opting to eat microwaved paella over traditional tapas,and to watch choreographed flamenco instead of enjoying a Spanish style night out.While these types of tourists still exist,,people are definitely savvying upand food and travel icons like Anthony Bourdain allow anyone to attack the local specialties.
But while the modern tourists bounce around looking for Spain's best craft beers or tasting ourpopular gin tonics,what has become ofthe classic pitcher of sangria?Is sangria even Spanish?Is it just a tourist trap and a use for bad wine??
Awhile back I wrote an article on Vaya 亚博在线娱乐平台Madrid calledThe Sangria Story.I write 亚博体育在线abouthow the traditional Spanish sangria recipe evolved,and how it is definitely Spanish in origin.However,I also give credit to the Americans (which would probably seem crazy to some),as after the 1964 New York World's Fair American cocktailaficionadostook the sangria they'd sampled at the Spanish pavilion and elevated it to the delightful combinations you'll find in American cocktail bars today (green apple and sake sangria anyone?).
For me,,sangria is simply the name for a wine based cocktail— although I'd let cider and sake slide in there too.But here in 亚博在线娱乐平台Madrid,you won't find too much variety.The capital of Spain is often respectful to the classic Spanish 亚博竞彩下载recipes,and the traditional Spanish sangria recipe is no different.
Watch how to make traditional Spanish sangria (1 minute video!)
Traditional Spanish Sangria Recipe
- 1.5 bottles of young table wine (don't waste top quality wine on sangria but don't use something that's sure to give you a hangover either!)
- 2 oranges
- 1 lemon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
- 1 green apple (optional)
- 2 peaches or apricots (optional)
- Carbonated beverage (lemon soda,orange soda,or soda water) (optional)
- If using the sugar (which will make a sweeter sangria than if you omit),dissolve the sugar in two tablespoons of water over a low flame to create a clear simple syrup.Let cool.
- Wash the oranges and cut off thick pieces of rind before juicing the oranges.
- Juice the oranges.
- Wash the lemon and cut off pieces of rind before juicing the lemon.
- Juice the lemon.
- In a large pitcher or bowl,酒搅拌在一起,simple syrup,orange juice and lemon juice and add in the chunks of lemon and orange rind.If making a truly traditional Spanish sangria,simply add the cinnamon stick and let sit at least two hours (preferably overnight) before serving over ice.This allows the sangria to take on the aromas of the fruit rind and cinnamon stick.
- If you want to make a slightly more modern version (still not anything too crazy!) add in chopped up chunks of green apple and peach.For the modern version you can also top off with a carbonated beverage (lemon soda,orange soda,or soda water) right before serving for some bubbles.
As you can see,the truly traditional Spanish sangria recipeis actually lacking any carbonation.That's because carbonated drinks weren't even invented when sangria got its start!From this classic recipe you can really experiment,using different fruits (I love grapes and mangos) and by fortifying the wine with brandy or vermouth.Some more modern sangria 亚博竞彩下载recipes have over 20 ingredients!!
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What's your favorite sangria recipe??