How To: Make Sangria
Monday, May 3rd, 2010
If you're looking for a sangria where you can still taste the alcohol, then you should make it with red wine; the white wine blends with the fruity taste a bit more. After having made both, I'd be more likely to make the white again, as my friends who taste-tested my concoction seemed to enjoy the white wine sangria more. You should also make sure to purchase cheap wine. The base taste of the wine doesn't matter because you'll be making it taste better.
To make sangria you'll need a bottle of red or white wine, an orange, a lime, a lemon, two tablespoons sugar, and some lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. You'll also need a large container, as sangria has to chill before you drink it. Some recipes call for brandy in the white wine sangria, but I think that's unnecessary unless you're making the sangria for a large party. You'll still feel a little tipsy without the brandy.
You'll need to cut the lemon, lime, and orange into small slices that you can put in the container. The lime is best cut in wedges. But for the lemon and the orange you'll just need to place either on it's side and cut straight down. You'll end up with circular slices that look quite nice in a clear container. Also, you should leave the skin on.
Place the cut-up fruit into the container. Next, measure the two tablespoons of sugar and place those in the container. Then pour in your bottle of wine. Finish off the sangria with some lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. The sangria will fizz and there will be a little bit of foam on the top. Put a lid on the container and stick it in the fridge for a couple of hours. Take it out when ready. Enjoy.
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