About 2,000 years ago the Romans made their way through the Iberian Peninsula and planted vineyards along the way. Red grapes grew very well here and have been enjoyed ever since. The term sangria dates to the 18th century. It is generally believed to have been taken from the Spanish word sangre (blood), in reference to the red color of the drink.
However, little is known about the origins of Sangria. According to the SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol, sangria’s origins “cannot be pinpointed exactly, but early versions were popular in Spain, Greece, and England. The locals named their wine punches. Only sangria made in Spain and Portugal is allowed to be sold as “sangria” in Europe; sangria made elsewhere must be labeled as such (e.g., as “German sangria” and so on)
Sangria is traditionally a red wine punch. Spanish people from all walks of life enjoy this drink, creating it primarily with young Rioja and other Spanish reds. Sangria can also be made with white wine. With white wine, the sangria is then known as ‘Sangria Blanco’ (white sangria). The Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) producing area soon created a sparkling white Sangria version.
YouTube. Thank you En Casa Contigo for Sangria Tipica Española, Published on 25 Aug 2011
Sangria as most visitors to Spain remembers it is typically created from red wine, fruit juices, soda water, fruit and sometimes Cointreau, or brandy. When making your own
Sangria, use a young Rioja wine, and if at all possible let it chill overnight. This lets the fruit flavors blend into the drink. If you can, use Rioja to get the authentic Spanish flavor, but definitely choose something you like – you’re the one drinking it! In the morning, pour your sangria into a glass jar add plenty of ice cubes, garnish with fresh fruit, and enjoy.
Every household, bar, and restaurant has its own sangria recipe – with the traditional a mix of wine, brandy, and fresh fruits served over ice. Don’t be lazy and buy a mix from the supermarket or wine store – have fun and create your own special Sangria. Good Luck!
YouTube. Thank you, El Gallego, White Sangria by Antonios Sangria