Sangria on a hot sunny day is incredibly refreshing. Whether you serve up carafes with this goodness at your next party or add a recipe tag and resent it as a gift, there are many ways to celebrate this refreshing summer beverage.
According to the history of the drink, the word “sangria” means “bloodletting,” and refers to the deep red colour of the drink. Sangria traditionally contains a whole lot of fruit and alcohol, which may be dangerous to your sobriety.
Methode Cap Classique-style Sangria
Adding Cap Classique or sparkling wine to sangria gives the beverage an effervescent kick. All you need is a bottle of MCC, Sangria and ice cubes. Add 1 bottle of sparkling wine to the 1.5L sangria and serve in a tall glass with a lot of ice. You can add some fruit to it if you like.
Sangria Popsicles – Sangria on a stick!
Popsicles are not just for kids anymore, especially these boozylicious lollies. There’s no better way to refresh yourself with a nice cocktail on a hot summer day than by eating it in boozy popsicle form.
- ½ c diced apples
- ½ a medium orange, cut into small pieces
- 1½ cup Sangria
- 3 T sugar
- ¼ c freshly squeezed lemon juice
- In a small bowl, pour the sangria over the diced apple and orange pieces. Let soak for at least 10 minutes.
- In a separate medium bowl, combine the orange juice, sugar and lemon juice and stir in the sugar. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, 2-3 times or until the sugar is dissolved. Stir again and let cool for several minutes.
- Distribute the sangria mixture (fruit and liquid) evenly into 6 popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 8 hours. Enjoy!
Steaming Hot Sangria
When winter weather swirls in, nothing could be cozier than a toasty mug of hot sangria wine. Mulled wine, the vine’s version of a classic hot toddy, is a traditional holiday treat in many Old World countries. Mulled wines have been warming people for centuries, they are wines that have been sweetened, spiced and slightly heated – offering a delightful alternative to traditional winter cocktails at holiday gatherings or just on a cold and rainy night.
- 1 bottle off-dry red wine
- One peeled and sliced orange (keep peel to add zest to taste into cooking pot)
- 1 cup of brandy
- 5 cloves
- 1/4 cup honey or sugar
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger
- Combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker.
- Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes.
- Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has completely dissolved.
- When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve. Ladle the hot sangria into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and enjoy!