A summer fav, Sangria is a popular wine “punch.” It first started with the Romans (around 200 B.C.) when they arrived in Spain, planting vineyards as they conquered the country. But it wasn’t until 1964 that Sangria made an official appearance in the United States when it was brought to the World’s Fair held in New York City. Today, sangria is enjoyed around the world in restaurants bars, and even at your favorite Sunday Brunch place – potentially in unlimited pitchers. Now, you can make this delicious concoction in the comforts of your own home.
Sangria usually consists of chopped fruit, wine, and other ingredients for flavor. Depending on the fruit and spices used, you can create a sangria for any holiday, season, and occasion. This past weekend, I made a fall themed sangria for Pop! Goes My Culture’s Halloween Party. I found a few recipes on Pinterest and around the web, and concocted my own recipe.
Makes one batch:
- 1 bottle of a smooth, fruity red wine (1.5 liters)
- 3 apples (Use different kinds to enhance flavor; I used 1 granny smith, and 2 macintosh)
- 3 pears
- 1 tbsp of honey or agave nectar
- 1 cup of triple sec
- 3 shots of St. Germain (optional)
- Apple Pie spice or cinnamon
Directions (Best if done at least 24 hours in advance):
- Peel and cube all fruit. Depending on your container size (see my pic) you might want to cut your fruit down into a smaller size. Load containers with evenly dispersed chopped fruit.
- Add in wine, honey, triple sec, St. Germain, a few dashes of apple pie spice and stir.
- Let sit in the fridge for the flavors and fruit to marinate. This is key. I made my sangria 24 hours in advance and it was a HUGE success!
I was really scared about this at first because it didn’t taste as spiced when I first mixed everything together. Once I opened it up and tasted it for the first time 24 hours later – it was DELICIOUS and very addicting. It was crisp, and full of fall flavor. This is something I will definitely be making again, very soon!
I added on Martha Stewart Halloween wine labels for the party…
Have you made themed sangria?