Sipping Sangria in Spain is one of those pleasurable activities that you just have to do.
We ordered a Sangria on the street known as La Rambla in Barcelona and sat sipping it for at least 90 minutes. We didn’t appreciate that we’d ordered the extra large size until it came – but with nothing else to do other than watch the world go by at 4:30 in the afternoon – it was a what the hell, we’re on holidays kind of moment.
Spain is considered to be the creator of Sangria – a mixture of red wine, fresh seasonal fruit and bubbly water. There are as many variations out there as there are people.
It’s the perfect summer sipping drink – and it was comfortably warm in late October when we drank ours.
Here’s a basic sangria recipe that you can start playing with.
1 bottle of red wine – in Spain that’s likely going to be a Rioja but anything is fine
2 cups of club soda
1 orange and 1 lemon cut into thin slices
2 tbsp. sugar
brandy if desired ( just a few tablespoons)
Pour wine into a pitcher. Squeeze the juice of one orange and one lemon into the wine. Add the sugar and brandy if desired.
Chill – overnight if possible.
Just before serving add the soda water.
Decorate with slices of orange.
Serve and enjoy.