What’s nicer on a summer day than a delicious mix of chilled fruit and wine? For me, nothing beats sangria, and while I used to just make the same one over and over (mum’s recipe) I have recently started experimenting and so here I will share my favourites for you to try.
For this recipe, you’ll need to get a bottle of cabernet sauvignon, some rum, apples, oranges, lemons, mango, soda water and sugar (optional).
Put in the wine in the jug and add the juice from one orange and one lemon, as well as a shot of rum and a tablespoon of sugar. Cut up the other fruit into small pieces and mix in. Chill the mix for a couple of hours and then add the soda water when serving. If you don’t have time then add some ice to the mix and also serve over ice.
The shopping list for this one is grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit juice, 1 bottle white wine, 1/2 cup vodka and 1/4 cup triple sec.
Be sure to thinly slice the fruit rather than chop into squares, as this will look much nicer. Add the fruit to the jug and pour over the juice, wine, vodka and triple sec and mix well. If you want to make it even more citrusy then you could buy a grapefruit flavoured vodka to use instead of the regular one. In the glass place some ice and some more sliced fruit and pour in the sangria.
This is a very quick and easy one, all you need is strawberries, 1 bottle of rose wine, 1 cup vodka and 2 ½ cups lemon-lime soda.
Thinly slice the strawberries and put into the jug, adding on top the wine and vodka. If you’re drinking it straight away then add the soda and ice and mix well. To serve put a wedge of strawberry on the glass and pour over ice.
This one calls for 1 orange, half a lemon, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, 1 cup orange juice, 1 bottle sweet white wine, 1 bottle sparkling wine/champagne.
Slice the orange, lemon and strawberries and put all of the fruit into your jug or bowl and add the white wine. Leave it to soak for at least 3 hours, and then add the champagne before you serve. Keep a backup of white wine and champagne for if you want to top up the mix – but be careful to add the same amount of each. If it’s not sweet enough for you then you could always put in some sugar or honey.
So there you have it, a sangria recipe for any type of wine you wish to use! Do your best to plan ahead so that the fruit can soak in more of the flavours, and don’t stress about buying the best most expensive wines as those should be saved to drink as is.
Do you have a favourite sangria recipe? Share your ideas below