Do you want to change course and start a B&B in the South of Spain? Or did you buy your dreamhouse in Andalusia and do you want to spoil your family and friends? Then a nice glass of home-made Sangria is a must. JM Real Estate Consulting Spain explains how to prepare this delicious and refreshing drink in no time.
Just imagine. You have bought a beautiful property in Andalusia and your guests are on their way. You want to welcome them in a typically Spanish, hospitable manner. You still have some time, so what do you think?
This authentic Sangria recipe is ready in a jiffy and contains just 7 ingredients. So grab your chopping board and knife and we’ll show you how to make the easiest red wine sangria ever.
Are you ready?
Let’s get started!
What is Sangria?
Sangria originates from Spain and is a red wine drink combined with chopped fruit, cognac and some juice. Fruit and wine is a great combination, especially if you put it in a jug and chill it well.
This recipe is easy to make in advance. You can leave your sangria in the fridge overnight but be prepared for it to taste much stronger. Feel free to make a large pitcher because this drink goes down in a flash.
What kind of fruit goes into sangria?
You can choose from different types of fruit when making Sangria. In a traditional sangria, only red wine, green apple and oranges are used. But you can easily supplement your Sangria with:
The best wine for sangria
The best wines for sangria are:
- Red wine– for your Sangria, choose an accessible red wine such as a Rioja or Tempranillo.
- White wine– if you choose a white wine, use a sweeter white wine for this recipe.
- Rosé wine– you can also use a sweeter light pink wine
- Sparkling cava-If you use Cava, you can omit the carbonated water from the recipe because you have enough bubbles from the Cava.
- 500 ml red Spanish Rioja wine
- 1 small green apple, diced
- 1 small orange, diced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup of orange juice to sweeten it up
- Ice cubes**
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1/4 cup sparkling water if you like a light sangria
Wash the apple and orange with cold water. Leave the peel on the apple and cut it into large pieces. Cut the orange into slices and then into triangles.
Put the fruit in a large jug. Then add the lemon juice, orange juice, cognac and wine. Take a large spoon so that you can stir and mix all the ingredients.
Add the ice cubes. If you want a fruity and light sangria, leave the jug with some sparkling water for a sparkling effect. If you like your sangria sweeter, you can add the following:
- Fresh fruit juice
- If you do not have cognac, you can easily replace it with rum.
** Beware, in 2022 there will be less ice cubes to get
For lovers of ice-cold drinks, it may be hard to swallow. But this year there are fewer ice cubes on the shelves than we are used to. The sky-high energy prices have made storing the cubes in the huge freezers an expensive business. Add to that the high petrol/diesel prices and you will understand that you have to prepare yourself well in this warm period so that you can still serve your Sangria ice-cold.