19.11.14

A Sangria In Hand

A guest with a glass of sangria in her hand is always a happy guest. In fact, one of my favourite memories from Spain is sharing a large pitcher of sangria with a dear friend, as we sat, soaking in the June sunshine, at a cafe across La Ramble in Barcelona. We were happy, drowned in a heady rush of wine infused with fruity flavours, accompanied by the choicest tapas. Such bliss! 

Back home, in Mumbai, I often make a pitcher, mixing things up, trying to recreate that magic. And so far, no one has ever complained. So once again, I go down the sangria trail, as friends visit for a glassful of sweet joy and an evening of careless chatter. To the uninitiated, Sangria, a popular beverage from Spain and Portugal, is wine mixed with chopped fruit, a sweetener, a mixer like club soda, brandy or ginger ale, and often some juice for added flavour. Sangria’s name comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word for “bloodletting” because of its typical dark-red colour, though white wine variants are quite popular as well.

The best way to serve sangria would be with lots of finger food, which is being cooked in the Khan kitchen as I write this post. I will be serving some roast pumpkin, bruschetta, and croquettes with large pitchers filled with one of my favourite drinks. Making sangria is simple enough, and once you like what you have created, you can keep mixing things up by trying different mixers, juices and cut fruits. This simple infographic should help you get started on your sangria basics. 

For making sangria at home, I usually steep the fruits in the wine for almost a day, but a couple of hours are fine if you are putting things together at a short notice.
So, what are my friends getting served tomorrow night? I will be using this simple recipe adapted from about.com Give it a try this weekend, maybe?
Ingredients
1 bottle red wine of your choice
1 lemon cut into wedges (remove the seeds, please)
1 orange cut into wedges
1 line cut into wedges
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup orange juice or lemonade
1 cup of club soda
1 cup of diced strawberries
1 small can of diced pineapple, with juice
4 cups ginger ale

Method
Pour all the wine in a large pitcher or bowl, and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon, orange and lime into the wine. Toss in the wedges, and pineapple, along with the juice, soda  and sugar. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale, berries and ice just before serving. You can use chilled red wine and lots of ice if you need to serve immediately, but chilling for 24 hours is the best way to make sangria. 

Once you are happy, and your guests are singing, you will know why it’s such a party favourite. Do look up the internet for the many variants of sangria, and just get going! If you have any special recipe that you’d love to share, do leave a comment!

Now, I need to rush back to the kitchen. There are a few sangria lovers coming over tomorrow night, and a single pitcher won’t be enough!

11 comments:

  1. your photos are amazing! I love making Sangria for our summer holidays :)

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    1. Thank you so much! It's such a delightful thing to serve friends, right? I love your blog, btw.

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  2. I think for a place like Mumbai, this must be welcome relief.

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    1. Oh, you bet! It was a hit, and we all downed a couple of big pitchers! Wish weather would give us some respite now. It's December!

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  3. That sangria looks amazzzzzing!!! YUMMMMMMMM Love that yummy fruit!
    kisses
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

    www.BeckermanBlog.com

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    1. Thank you!!!! It was such a fun and fabulous party!

      xoxo

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  4. The sangria imagery is so wonderful- everything about it is summertime fun. My friends and I always get a pitcher on some patio restaurant during the warmer months, and seeing how Chicago is now snowed under, I'm very much missing those times, haha!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. I know! It evokes such joy whenever one thinks about it. Well, Mumbai being tropical weather, we can only dream of snow and hot chocolate.

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  5. I am from Portugal, so I know sangria too well, red, white, with all types of fruits! Love it! :)

    Isa M., Tic Tac Living
    Banggood & Tic Tac Living Giveaway

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    1. Portugal! On my bucket list. Sangria shall be had in your beautiful country, when I visit.

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  6. This looks yummmmmmmmmm...!!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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