The History of Sangria

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Have you ever wanted to be like a Jane Austen heroine? If you’ve ever sipped on sangria, consider yourself one step closer. This delicious fruity cocktail is a historical icon and one that many summer and fall party-goers love to celebrate with. But what makes a sangria so special and where did it come from?

The Origin of Sangria

Sangria is the drink of history. Dating back to 200 B.C., the Romans enjoyed drinking red wines from Spain. They began naming the wines and wine-based punches, sangria. More than a century later, sangria would become a popular drink in Europe, specifically that made with French Bordeaux as the boozy base.

Later, brandy and fruits would be added to the wine to make the punch extra potent and flavorful. In the 1700s, everyone was drinking sangria--even those in Jane Austen novels.

Sangria made its way to the United States officially at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. At the event, the Spanish World area served a fruity, wine punch to those who stopped by. From there, it became the picnic, summer party drink of the United States.

Make Your Own Sangria

Whether you’re looking for your new Happy Hour cocktail or just want a refreshing drink on the weekends, you can’t go wrong with a fruity sangria.

If you want to make your own, check out this recipe by The Minimalist Baker.

To make this traditional sangria you’ll need:

  • 1/2 medium apple, chopped
  • 1/2 medium orange sliced with the rind on
  • 3-4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 750 ml bottle dry Spanish red wine
  • 1 cup ice

To make this drink, add your apples, oranges, and sugar to a large pitcher and muddle for 45 seconds. Then, you’ll add your orange juice and brandy into the mix and muddle again to combine.

Once combined, add your red wine and stir. Feel free to add or take away ingredients for taste preference.

Add ice to your pitcher to chill and serve. For extra show, garnish with fruit. This sangria can be refrigerated and enjoyed for up to 48 hours, but is best fresh.

Drop the whisk-- we’ve got dinner covered!

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