From its humble roots in Spain, Sangria has grown to become a popular, refreshing party drink around the world. In the United States, Sangria was first tasted at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The Spanish World area served this fruity wine punch to its visitors, and history was made!
Sangria is based on the traditional red wine punch popular across Europe for hundreds of years. The punch base would be claret. Claret is the British term for Bordeaux wine from Bordeaux, France. This red wine is traditionally made from a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. Brandy and fruit would be added to the red wine punch for flavor. In the 1700s and 1800s, Claret Cup Punch could be found at parties of all sizes.
Every restaurant has its own sangria recipe – typically a mix of wine, brandy and fresh fruits, served over ice. It’s one of the most individualistic drinks on the market. Don’t just buy a mix at the store – have fun and create your own! Sangria’s appeal is all about taking your favorite wine, your favorite fruits, and experimenting with them.
Who says that sangria can only be summer drink? Try this recipe this Fall and enjoy the amazing taste of apple cider sangria with your friends…
Apple Cider Sangria
Total Time for preparation 0:05
Serves: 5 to 8
- 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
- 1 Red Delicious apple, sliced
- 1 Golden Delicious apple, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 Orange, Sliced
- 2 c. apple cider
- 2 bottles ginger beer
- 1 bottle white wine
- Fill large pitcher with sliced apples, lemons, and oranges.
- Add apple cider, ginger beer, and white wine.
- Stir mixture then pour into serving glasses.
And bottoms up!