Sangria is the perfect summer drink, mixing wine and fruits to make a dreamy Spanish cocktail. It is so versatile, as many different combinations can be used, depending on what you like. The basic steps to make any sangria are:
- Choose the wine: red, white or rosé
- Choose a juice: Such as orange, pomegranate, apple or pineapple
- Add a mixer: Such as lemonade or ginger ale
- More alcohol: You can add something stronger like an orange liquor, brandy or sherry
- Garnish: Add slices of fruit and herbs (usually the fruit which matches the juice that you have used)
- ICE ice baby
*To make this non- alcoholic, just use the same combinations above, but skip the alcohol (Juice + mixer + garnish + ice)
Some combinations ideas are-
White peach & basil sangria: White wine + white peach juice + ginger ale + peach slices + basil leaves
Pineapple mojito sangria: White wine + pineapple juice + lilt or a tropical fizzy drink + brandy + pineapple chunks + mint
Strawberry & lime sangria: Rosé wine + lime juice + lemon & lime lemonade + berry flavoured vodka + strawberry and lime slices
I love using red wine, as not many other drinks use it in a cocktail. So I used:
Pomegranate & orange sangria: Red wine + pomegranate juice + orange juice + cloudy lemonade + orange and lemon slices, pomegranate and mint
- 3 parts red wine (use a Spanish one if you can: they are tempranillo or rioja types)
- 1 part orange juice
- 1 part pomegranate juice (I used the pom brand)
- 1 part cloudy lemonade
- Mint leaves
- Sliced fruit, I used sliced oranges, lemons and pomegranate
- Add the mint and sliced fruit to a jug. With the end of a rolling pin, ‘muddle’ and mash together a little, to release some of the fruit’s juices.
- Add ice to the jug.
- Pour in the red wine, orange juice, pomegranate juice and lemonade according to their ratio.Serve in Spanish style; cold with tapas and paella.