Sangria is a traditional Spanish and Portuguese punch made with wine, brandy, fruit, and a sweetener such as sugar or honey. It is typically made with red wine, but it can also be made with white wine or rosé. The fruit used in sangria can vary, but common choices include oranges, lemons, apples, berries, and tropical fruits such as pineapple. The fruit is usually cut into bite-size pieces and mixed with the wine and other ingredients in a pitcher or punch bowl.
The mixture is then chilled and typically served over ice. Some variations also include soda water or lemon-lime soda for a more effervescent drink.
1 bottle red wine
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup simple syrup
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 cup sliced strawberries (optional)
1/2 cup club soda or sparkling water (optional)
- In a large pitcher, combine the red wine, brandy, orange juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
- Add the sliced orange, lemon, and apple to the pitcher and gently stir.
- If using strawberries, add them now and gently stir.
- Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours, to allow the flavors to meld.
- If using club soda or sparkling water, add it just before serving.
- Serve chilled over ice.