Sangria is a rich drink with an even richer history that can be traced back to the Romans. Original Sangria was simple – just wine, fruits, and some cinnamon. With time, the drink evolved into regional variations or to keep up with trends.
Let’s talk about the Sangria details first.
It’s important to pick your wine base first. We suggest using a 631 Canyon Five, 631 Merlot, or 631 Cab Sangio. Once you have decided on the wine you will use, decide which fresh fruit would complement the flavors of your wine. Tip: The sturdier the fruit, the better it will last in the pitcher! Some of our favorites are:
Citrus | Apples | Peaches | Pears | Cranberries | Strawberries | Oranges
The fruit will add sweetness to your Sangria, but you can still add honey, agave, sugar, or orange juice. Below, the recipe will use sugar & orange juice.
1 (750-ml.) bottle of 631 Signature Series Red Wine
1 c. orange juice
1/2 c. brandy
1/4 c. granulated sugar (optional, to taste)
1 orange, sliced
1 apple, sliced
1 c. blueberries
1 c. sliced strawberries
1 (12-oz.) can seltzer
In a large pitcher, mix wine, orange juice, brandy, and sugar. Stir in oranges, apples, blueberries, and strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve, preferably for 2 hours. Top off with seltzer before serving. TIP: For richer flavor, leave in the fridge for more than 2 hours and top off with seltzer before serving to keep the bubbles crisp.