Sangria is traditionally drunk in Spain during parties with friends or family gatherings. They prepare it in big jars and share it. One friend told us that the drink is often linked to good memories. I like this idea, and I like Sangria as well. 😃
Ingredients (2 servings)
- 500 ml red wine
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 100 ml fresh orange juice
- 50 ml vermouth*
- ½ orange
- ½ lemon
- 100 ml soda water. Seven-up or similar drinks will do
Direction (5-10 min)
- Add the sugar and the cinnamon to the wine and mix well.
- Add the orange juice and the vermouth.
- Slice the fruits and add them to the mixture.
- Marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
It’s ready 😃
You only need to add the soda water just before serving and serve it chilled with ice.
*Vermouth is an Italian fortified wine. For this recipe, you can also use Madeira, Marsala, Port, or Sherry.
Little facts about Spain Sangria recipe
Spanish soda water
In Spain, they use what they call “gaseosa,” the most popular soft drink in the country. It is a sweet fizzy drink, a soda you can drink plain, but it is also customary to mix it with red wine (Tinto de Verano) or beer (called Clara or Rubia). La Casera is the most well-known Spanish brand for this drink. Majority of people find it tasty. I had the opportunity to try it, but I guess it’s not for me.
Sangria or Tinto de Verano?
As you saw in the recipe, the sangria has to be marinated with fruits to flavor it. Because of the fruits that spoil quickly, you can only keep sangria for a day. For this reason, some bars serve Tinto de Verano instead of sangria. It’s a mix of gaseosa with red wine. Served chilled with ice cubes, it’s tasty and refreshing.
You will never see Spanish people having a sangria in a bar. First of all, they know that it will not be a real one — no vermouth in it most of the time, and the barmaid will add fruits at the last moment.
Vermouth time? 🤨
Do you know the Vermouth time? In Spain, it’s a common way to ask your friends around for a drink before lunch, especially Sunday. So if someone tells you “See you tomorrow at Vermouth time,” it means around 1:00 PM tomorrow. Yes, they eat late, at around 2:00 PM.
Fancy more Spanish specialties?
Enjoy your drink!