Weekend Staples: Sangria and Sanity #winedown


Wine. Fruit. Bliss. That’s what sangria means to me. I’m getting misty just thinking about it.  Over the past 10 years or so I’ve tried countless varieties. I offered three different kinds– including a sweet tea version– at my birthday celebration a couple of years ago. When it comes to sangria there are endless possibilities, flavors, and opportunities for fusion.

This week we are wine-ing down with a Sassy Sangria that’s super easy to make. This recipe by Sassy K is just what you need after a long week, so grab a few quick ingredients this evening and prepare a pitcher that will last you through the weekend. Guacamole is one of Team Sassy’s favorite snacks to have with sangria, so don’t forget the avocados and pico de gallo!

What is Sangria?

HA! As if you don’t know what sangria is. Well, just in case you happen to be out of the loop, I’ll fill you in. Sangria has roots in Spain where it has been consumed for hundreds of years. Traditional recipes use Rioja or other Spanish red wines as a base– as well as brandy for an extra kick. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are other popular wines used as a base.

Since it’s so fruity, sangria can be really easy to drink, so be careful! It can sneak up on you later if you know what I mean. And if you don’t know what I mean: *drink slowly and don’t let the smooth taste fool you!* Sangria is a great option for people who don’t love wine, but do enjoy a good mixed drink. It’s also versatile; you can work with your own personal taste and make it as bitter or as sweet as you like.


Sangria Basics

There are a few rules to making a good batch of sangria.

  1. There must be wine.
  2. There must be fruit.
  3. Actually, I think that’s pretty much it. See? Simple.

Most recipes also call for a little fruit juice and soda (ginger ale and tonic water are my go-to sodas). If you’re like me you’ll want a little extra kick in your sangria. Go ahead and add something with a little more bite. I typically use berry flavored vodka for red sangria or citrus flavored for white (about 1/4-1/2 cup per bottle of wine used). When using vodka you’ll want to add some sugar or simple syrup to take the bite off. I’ve also used flavored rums before, which are already sweet and don’t need added sugar. I also love to add sliced lemon, lime and orange for an extra burst of fruity flavor. Whatever you decide to add to your sangria, I’m sure it’ll be extra Sassy!

Find more sassy sangria recipes (including some amazing sangrias for fall!) on our Pinterest board, Sipping Sassy. There’s even a must-try recipe for Plum Sangria! Seriously, destiny is truly calling with that one.

As always, we love you dearly so please drink responsibly. Until next time!

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