Summer Sunday’s are meant for long brunches, Sangrias and Beer. Here is a easy, delicious and potent Sangria Recipe for such brunches. White wine & summer fruits like mango, melon and berries come together to create the best Sangria ever. One that you might be making every Sunday whether you have guests or not 😉
Today I am sharing with you my favourite Sangria Recipe. The one that contains a crisp white wine, the best of summer fruits like mangoes, berries and melons, a bit of flavour punch with basil and thyme. And what you have is the best Summer Sangria on hand.
Honestly speaking Sangria for me is one of those things that doesn’t need a recipe at all. You start with a good wine you have a hand, spike it with some more alcohol, a step you can miss if you don’t want it potent. You go ahead and add some fruits you have, add some spice or herbs for the flavour punch. Add some soda or sprite depending on how sweet you like your drink. Chill for a while and then say Cheers ! So you see actually a Sangria Recipe is a pretty redundant thing. Then why I am sharing one you ask? Because so many of you asked me for one. I often post pictures of Sangria on my instagram and I am often asked can I share the Sangria Recipe.
While I am sharing with you this recipe, I am also going to give you a rough guideline on how to make a good Sangria. So here are my top 5 tips to make a good Sangria, if you follow these you won’t need a Sangria Recipe, yes yes I know I am making this post redundant.
- Use good wine but not the best one – I agree with experts when they say best wines should be reserved for sipping by themselves, enjoying every sip, every note of it as you drink it. In a sangria, the wine is kind of hidden by various additions and doesn’t need to be a very expensive one. However, please don’t use a bad wine because that will spoil the whole flavour of your sangria. For me what works is mid level wines. My favourite is the Grover La Reserve for the Red Wine Sangria and Krsma for the White one
- Balance your fruits – Think about the fruits you are going to add, the crunchy crispy apples and pears or soft mangoes and berries. For me a mix doesn’t work in this case. A similar profile of fruit is what works. And oh while we are on fruits, did you know the cut fruits don’t add much flavour to the sangria? So while you chop most fruits, mash a handful and see the difference it makes. And oh while the wine remains more or less the same with fruits, it is opposite with fruits. The fruits soak up the wine and become oh so boozy and delicious. If you don’t like to have them with the wine, pour less in the glass and serve them with ice cream or custard at the end of brunch as an adult dessert.
- Spice or Herb it up – Use a spice or a herb to add flavour depth to your Sangria. Figure out what flavours will work the best, for example if you are making a Red Wine Sangria with apples a bit of cinnamon would be delightful. A dash of chilli will go beautifully if you are adding plums, a bit of basil will do wonders with Strawberry. Check the flavour wheels if you are confused on which herb to add
- Spike it up – I love spiking and boozing up my Sangrias, it makes them potent and oh so interesting. Liqueurs work very very well and bring in a flavour along with the kick too. Grand Marnier, Cointreau, triple sec and even stuff like Limoncello, Peach Snaps, Cherry liquor and other fruit based stuff does wonder to it. I even enjoy adding a bit of brandy to the standard Sangria. So don’t be afraid and experiment.
- The final sparkle – Add sparkle with soda or any other complimentary fizzy drink. I love plain soda as I am not too fond of over sweet drinks but a few people I know prefer Sprite and that is fine as well. The point is add some fizz to your Sangria and see it transform.
And if you still need the recipe even after these tips, here it is. If you make this, don’t forget to share a picture with me on various social media – instagram, FB, twitter or tag your pictures with #sinamon and I will try and find them 🙂