Sangria is a traditional drink synonymous with a warm climate and carefree times. It’s a long- established favourite originating from Spain in the early 19th century. Steeped in history, it remains popular today. Over the years, there have been many different versions of the original and authentic sangria recipe. If you would like to know how to make Spanish sangria or if you simply want to know the best traditional sangria ingredients, then take a look at our top tips.
The sangria classic recipe works best with a good quality, young Rioja wine. Rioja originates from the La Rioja and Navarre wine regions of Spain and is made primarily from Tempranillo grapes. It exudes a strong taste with a distinctive aroma of smooth spices and dried fruit which complements perfectly the other flavours within traditional sangria. Rioja is also relatively inexpensive and available in most supermarkets.
By this, we mean Spanish brandy or brandy de Jerez as it is known. Produced around the Andalusian city of Jerez, the brandy mixes effortlessly with the Rioja to give a unique ‘punch’ to your sangria.
If you want to know how to make the perfect sangria then it is important to be prepared. This means that as well as ticking off your list of ingredients, you also need to marinate the peaches, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon sticks and red wine the day before. This allows all the ingredients to infuse, maximising the taste.
The Spanish sangria recipe, of course, wouldn’t be the same without fruit. Mixed together, lemons, limes, oranges and peaches to make a fresh and tasty flavor. To get a real bite from the citrus fruits make sure you use the zest from the peel.
The simple sangria ingredients of fruit, red wine and sugar are commonly known. A less well-known ingredient is vanilla. Simple to store at home in an air tight jar, vanilla is full of flavour and adds a dash of vigor to your sangria. To extract the vanilla, simply open the bean pod by cutting down the middle carefully with a knife. Then, using the back of your knife, slide the vanilla seeds the full way down the pod so you have all the contents on at the end of your knife. From there, put the seeds collected on your knife directly into your sangria recipe.
Cinnamon sticks provide a delicious twist of flavour that balances perfectly with all other sangria ingredients. Available from all major food retailers, cinnamon sticks have a long shelf life and are easily stored.
If, like most you’re planning on drinking your sangria on a hot summer’s day then it is unlikely you will forget the ice. But even if you are drinking sangria in sub-zero temperatures, as well as controlling the temperature, ice will also moderate the strength of your sangria.
If you would like any further tips on how to make Spanish sangria then have a look at our Sangria Recipe which includes a full list of ingredients and preparation method.