The Spanish world area served this fruity wine punch to its visitors, & history was made!!
Sangria is based on the traditional red wine punch popular across Europe for hundreds of years. The punch base would be claret. Claret is the British term for Bordeaux wine from Bordeaux, France. This Red Wine is traditionally made from a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. Brandy & Fruit would be added to the wine punch for flavor.
Why the emphasis of wine in the old ages? Remember that until modern times water was often unsafe to drink. People would bathe in it, wash their horses in it, & so on. That meant-even for toddlers- that the only safe liquid to drink had at least some alcohol in it. The Alcohol would take care of any bacteria in the drink. Moreover; It was very natural to “Liven things up” by adding more spices, fruits & other items to the wine to give it a different flavor & this is how the story of “Sangria” all started.Looking more specifically at Spain, this region was actively planted with vineyards by the Romans; where red grapes grew very well & where very well enjoyed. The Locals named their wined punches, in all its varieties as “La Sangria”!!As said Sangria is traditionally a red wine punch, but it can also be made with white wine, then it’s known as La Sangria Blanco (White Sangria).
To enjoy & have the best tasty Sangria, always use the best quality of wine & have it chilled overnight; this lets the fruit flavors blend into the drink. In the morning pour your Sangria into a full ice pitcher full of ice cubes, garnish with fresh fruits & enjoy!!Everyone has his own mix of Sangria recipe, a mix of wine, brandy, fresh fruits served over ice. It’s one of the most individualistic drinks on the market. Don’t just buy a mix, have fun with your friends, family & create your own special Sangria. Sangria is all about having fun, taking your favorite wine, fruits & experimenting with them…Sangria can simply be enjoyed with just about anything!!
Written by Rana Zarour from The Small Garden
It all started when I was a kid and used to see my Grandma “Linda” cooking delicious food for us all, she used to enjoy it, it was her own world and I thought to myself back then that I want to experience her journey too. She travelled the world and experienced their tastes and specialties and shared them with us, now I want to share them with my generation and show them that food is fun, food is a journey that’ll take you different places & give you the best experience you’ll ever ask for; its an identity by itself you’ll get to capture along the way!!
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