Easy Winter Sangria With Fruit

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Winter Sangria

Sangria with fruit, liquors, spiced simple syrup and herbs has as many recipes as there are wines to mix them with. Every type of wine or champagne is fair game for a great sangria recipe. 

Winter Sangria

How To Make Winter Sangria

A dark red sangria lends itself to heavy spice mixes to flavor the simple syrup, with fruits that best compliment the liquors chosen to add. An apple brandy makes a great addition to a dark red wine. Add a splash of apple cider simmered with cinnamon, cloves and orange rinds, and you’ve got the perfect fruit sangria for the winter months and holiday occasions celebrated in the winter.  

Sangria Origin

Sangria, derived from the word ‘sange’ or blood in Spanish, originated as a way to ward off bacteria in water  many years ago, protecting the blood from bacteria related diseases. 

Having spent a greater part of my child rearing years with a large Italian family, I became aware that Sunday Suppers, a traditional large gathering, every single Sunday for a midday meal of pasta, ‘meata balla’s’, homemade breads and of course wine, always included the kids at the table with wine. I was a bit taken aback when I saw this, until I was in the kitchen and happened to see the children’s glasses being prepared; a glass of water, a drizzle of Chianti. When I asked why, the answer; ‘tradition’! I guess it stemmed from bad water. 

My First Fruit Sangria

I must admit, my first glass of sangria, with all the luscious fruits, didn’t happen unto the late 90’s. I went to a fabulous Spanish restaurant in Baltimore Maryland for the best Paella I’d eaten in a restaurant (I say that because one of my sons makes the very, very best Paella I’ve ever had in my life!), and happened to notice nearly every table had a huge ornate pitcher of sangria loaded with fruit. I had to have it. Fabulous!

I have to admit, if there is one really good reason to drink sangria other than the fact that it tastes fabulous, it’s because you can drink a whole lot more during the course of an evening without feeling over the top! (wink)

Sangria Popularity

Part of the food and dining experience is about the drink! While I can pop the cork on my favorite bottle of wine, I knew very little about cocktails until I went to have my niece (a wedding planner), give me a few lessons on cocktails, what people like and why. 

The first, so called, cocktail she wanted me to learn to make was Sangria with fruit. She said it lends itself to such a huge varieties of additional liquors, fruits, herbs and spices that it should be the first cocktail a home cook would want experiment with. 

Serving Sangria

While Sangria was originally prepared in beautiful over-sized handmade clay pitchers with traditional painting on the sides, we Americans in our quest to appear to live a casual lifestyle, have started serving Sangria in oversized Mason Jars! Geez! Just think, you can have a Mason Jar filled with an array of fruits and herbs, sip on it all day and no one will suspect ‘ya got booze’ in there! 

Ingredients Needed

  • Red wine
  • Apple cider
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Honey
  • Apples
  • Brandy
  • Orange slices
  • Ice

Equipment Needed

  • Saucepan
  • Pitcher
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Stirring spoon
  • Stovetop or burner

Easy Sangria With Fruit

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: DrinksCuisine: Fusion
Servings

2

servings

Sangria with winter fruits, liquors, spiced simple syrup and herbs.

Ingredients

  • Merlot – 2 cups, or a favorite red

  • Apple Cider – 3/4 cup

  • Cinnamon stick – 3, 2 for garnish

  • Honey – 1 tablespoon

  • Apples – 1 cup thinly sliced red and green

  • Brandy – 1/4 cup, apple brandy is yummy

  • Orange slices – 1 orange, in slices (2 for garnish)

  • Ice – 1 cup

  • Tall pitcher

Directions

  • In a small sauce pan, place apple cider, 1 cinnamon stick and honey. Bring to a simmer, turn off, cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Cool. Remove cinnamon.
  • In a large pitcher, place ice and remaining ingredients. Stir.
  • In large glasses, place an orange slice on the rim of the glass, 1 cinnamon stick each and pour the sangria in each glass. Serve. Allow pitcher to sit out room temp while sipping.
Winter Sangria
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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