EASY SANGRIA AND TINTO VERANO RECIPES
Sangria and Tinto Verano are just the perfect drinks to enjoy on a hot summers day or whilst relaxing on a hot balmy summers night.
Did you know?
Sangria’s origins probably date back to the Middle Ages, during a time when water was unhealthy to drink and drinking fermented beverages carried a much lower risk of causing illness. During this time, people would mix wine, which was much lighter and less potent than what we are used to today, with spices such as cinnamon.
The word “sangria” comes from the Latin word for blood, thanks to the original sangria’s reddish hue, a result of the red wine first used to make it
EASY RED WINE SANGRIA RECIPE
3 parts red wine
1 part orange juice or fanta orange
2 parts lemonade or fanta lemon
6 splashes of brandy
6 splashes of peach schnnaps
Sliced fruit such as oranges, lemons, peaches.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large jug and add more red wine, orange juice or lemonade according to tase and desired strength.
Pour into glasses, garnish with mint sprigs and ice.
WHITE WINE SANGRIA
1 Bottle Spanish White Wine
1/4 cup fine sugar
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 green apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups seedless grapes sliced in half
1 cup apple juice
1/2 bunch mint leaves
pinch of Salt
1 can lemonade or soda water
In a large pitcher combine the wine and sugar, stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients apart from the lemonade/soda and mix well. Place to chill in the fridge for between 1 - 4 hours.
Just before serving add the lemonade/soda and ice.
CAVA SANGRIA RECIPE
1 bottle of brut cava
0.4 liters freshly squeezed orange juice
0.1 liters freshly squeezed lemon juice
Orange liqueur to taste (Cointreau or Grand Mariner, for example)
Fruit for garnish (oranges, apples, strawberries, peach, kiwi…)
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
Chill all the ingredients in the refrigerator until cold.
In a glass pitcher, mix the orange juice, lemon juice, and orange liqueur.
Add sugar if you prefer a sweeter drink.
Peel and chop the fruit and add it to the pitcher.
Slowly pour the cava over the mixture in the pitcher.
Serve over ice. Enjoy!
5 oz brandy
1 peach, sliced
1 can apricot nectar/juice
1 bottle Cava, chilled
At least 1 hour prior to serving, combine brandy, peach & nectar. Allow it to infuse.
Add chilled cava, stir and serve over ice.
The name “Tinto de Verano” translates into English as “Red Wine of Summer.” It is a refreshing wine cocktail served in summer all over Spain. Although similar to sangria, it is easier to make and has less alcohol in it, making it the perfect to sip at a pool party or at the beach on a hot afternoon. Although the Spanish use what they call “gaseosa” or “Casera” which is a lightly sweetened soda, you can use any lemon-lime soda. If it is too sweet for your taste, add a splash of soda water or seltzer.
1/2 cup red wine (see serving suggestion below)
1/2 cup lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite or 7-up
slice of lemon
In a tall glass of at least 20 ounces, place 3-4 ice cubes. Add red wine and soda. Garnish with a lemon slice.
It is not important what variety of red wine that you use in this cocktail. Our rule on wine punches and cocktails is this: If you wouldn’t want to drink the wine by itself in a glass, then don’t use it in a punch or cocktail. You don’t have to use your best wine, but using a decent table wine will prevent you from having a bad hangover.
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