My gal pal Theresa shared this refreshing summertime sangria recipe to share with you all. Enjoy it. It’s really tasty!
What does sangria mean?
The word “sangria” comes from the Spanish word for blood, which is sangre. This is due to its dark red color.
Over 2,000 years ago, the Romans made their way across the Iberian Peninsula and planted vineyards along the way. As water at that time was unsafe for drinking, it was common to fortify it with alcohol to kill off any bacteria.
Sangria was introduced to America in 1964 New York World’s Fair, when the Pavilion of Spain served it to visitors from the Taberna Madrid kiosk. Since then, Americans have embraced the Spanish cocktail. It’s the ideal cocktail for the hot summer months.
(makes 1 gallon -serves 8)
3 oranges – 2 juices, 1 halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
1/3 to ½ cup sugar
¼ cup brandy
1 bottle dry red wine, chilled (a Beaujolais, Pinot Noir or Sangiovese works well)
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 cups seltzer or club soda, chilled
Ice cubes, for serving
In a large pitcher, combine orange juice, sugar, and brandy; stir well to dissolve sugar. Add wine, orange slices and lemon slices. Stir to combine. (This part can be made ahead of time). Fill glasses with ice, pour mixture over ice add a splash of club soda, swirl and drink!