When you think of Spain, what comes to mind?
Sun, sea, sand, paella, tapas, Flamenco and Sangria… All these things are intrinsically Spanish and we think we know all we need to know about them from our holidays abroad. I love nothing more than sipping chilled Sangria and sampling regional tapas while appreciating sea views on a sun-soaked day in Spain. However, recently in Mallorca, I realised that I don’t know Sangria as well as I thought! It’s not as simple as mixing red wine with orange juice and fruit. There’s much more to this traditional Spanish drink. So if you want to know how to make true Spanish Sangria – the real deal – read on and learn from my Mallorcan Sangria-making lesson!
One lunch time during my stay in Mallorca, the hotel staff held a Sangria making class… and of course I was there, right at the front, ready to learn the art of Sangria and sample the produce. It was great fun, with the hotel staff adding their hilarious twists and this authentic recipe is the best Sangria I’ve ever tasted and perfect for parties this summer! And this is how it’s done:
The base ingredient needed for Spanish Sangria is, of course, red wine. There’s no point in picking the best quality wine you can get your hands on because it is only going to be mixed into a delicious concoction of other drinks anyway. So a cheap and cheerful red wine will do the trick and you’ll need to pour 2 litres of it into a large punch bowl to get the Sangria party started.
The next crucial ingredients are 1 litre of orange juice to be added to the wine, alongside 750ml of lemonade or Sprite. And there you have it, the base for your Sangria. And now you can have some fun by adding the magic ingredients, some of which might just surprise you.
Despite being a refreshing and thirst-quenching summer drink, Sangria can actually pack a bit of a punch. After all, you’ll next be adding a good glug of Triple Sec Peach Cointreau AND brandy or cognac AND banana liquor to the mix. When I say a good glug… the hotel reps just poured around a third of each bottle into the punch bowl, giving it a real kick!
But your Sangria is not complete yet. To transform it into the authentic Spanish party centrepiece, you need to add copious amounts of chopped apple, fresh orange, sliced banana and diced peach or any other fruit you fancy. Give it a good mix and then leave in the fridge overnight to allow the Sangria to infuse the fruit with flavour.
To finish it off, serve your Sangria chilled, with plenty of ice. And don’t forget to add a splash of sun and a whole lot of fun as you enjoy your summer Sangria!!
Spanish Sangria Ingredients
- 2 Litres of red wine
- 1 litre of Orange juice
- 750mls of lemonade or Sprite
- Triple Sec Peach Cointreau
- Brandy or Cognac
- Banana liquor
- Chopped fresh fruit of your choice (eg. apple, orange, banana and peach)
- Lots of ice