How to Make Sangria?

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If you are wondering how to make Sangria - perhaps the best thing about Sangria is that it is so easy to make. If you find yourself without a suitable drink for the next adult gathering, and you don’t think you want to “get into all that” by making your beverage, stop! Sangria is very easy and the cost can be quite reasonable, even for a larger group.

Of course, you will want to allow some time to get the necessary ingredients to make sure that the Sangria you serve is as good as it can be. But the truth is, if you are just learning how to make Sangria, a few ingredients are all you will need.

Sangria glasses and a pitcher

How to make Sangria? It's easy to prepare such delicious and tasty drinks :-)

Here’s a list of the basics to make Sangria:

  • Wine, of course. There are recipes for red-wine Sangria and white-wine Sangria. Some folks enjoy a mix of the two or buy a Rose’ wine that makes a delightful, pinkish drink. The amount you need depends on how many people you intend to serve. We’ll get to the amounts a bit later

  • Fruit. Lemons, limes and oranges are the most common and most popular. But some recipes call for pineapple, peaches and other fruits.

  • Club soda. This is included in many Sangria recipes and seems to have become a staple for most people.

  • Sugar. A small amount of sugar may be needed to get just the right level of sweetness.

  • Ice.
Serve this drink cold, on the deck, on a summer evening!

One of the great things about making Sangria is that there are no hard-and-fast rules. You can experiment, within reason, and still serve true Sangria to your guests. Some folks like to experiment with different fruits in season, such as strawberries, blueberries, even mangoes.

In addition to these natural delights, some people add a dash of brandy or a flavored liqueur to their recipe. Remember that some folks are used to the basic ingredients mentioned earlier so be prepared for some surprised looks if extra alcohol is added for taste.

If you have the time, many Sangria “experts” recommend letting the fruit soak in the wine overnight (about eight hours). This will add a slightly different, but better, taste to even the best Sangria recipe. Plus, you can enjoy the fruit afterwards!

Tip: In the country of Sangria origin, Spain, this drink is for house parties and outdoor festivals. It generally isn’t considered a bar drink.

Use this basic Sangria recipe for eight people and double or triple it according to need:

  • Bottle of dry wine – not the cheapest, not the most expensive. Something slightly above average with a fruity presence.

  • Club soda – 2 cups. Some people use an extra bottle of wine and much less club soda, which is not a bad idea.

  • Sugar – 2 tablespoons or a bit more to taste.

  • Oranges, lemons, limes – other fruit according to taste.

  • Ice
At this point it’s time to enjoy a glass of Sangria poured from a pitcher into a real glass, while sitting on the deck or shaded porch!

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