Is there a better way to enjoy a warm summer day than having a glass of sangria? Probably not.
Sangria is a Spanish cocktail that mixes wine, fruit, and sugar for a sweet drink. The origin of this cocktail dates back to 200 B.C. when the Roman’s conquered Spain. They planted red grape vineyards that produced the red wine used for the drink. The name sangria once meant “blood,” which it got because of its dark red color.
Mexican sangria is similar to the fruit and wine of Spanish sangria, but it has a higher alcohol content. The high alcohol content makes this drink a great pairing with spicy food, like hot salsa.
This fruity concoction is simple to make. Follow this recipe from Muy Bueno Cookbook to make your own batch of Mexican sangria right at home.
2 bottles of red wine (recommended: Rioja)
2 cups brandy
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 apple, cored, and cut into thin wedges
1 pear, cored, and cut into thin wedges
1 (750-ml) bottle club soda, chilled
Brown sugar or granulated sugar (for glass rims)
Combine the wine, brandy, juice, and fruit in a large container or glass pitcher. Cover and chill completely, 1 to 2 hours or overnight.
Add soda to mixture when ready to serve. Using a little lime juice wet the rim of the glass and then coat it with brown or granulated sugar.
Serve with ice.
The great thing about sangria is that you can easily make it in large quantities, so it’s perfect for your next fiesta. Having a self-serve cocktail is perfect for making sure that your party will run smoothly. Put it in a large bowl and have your guests serve themselves from it, and you’ll be able to enjoy your company instead of playing bartender.
If you want to hold off on making your own sangria, you can stop by Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant and enjoy some of our house made sangria, and pair it with one of our authentic Mexican dishes. We invite you to try any of our refreshing cocktails or flavorful authentic Mexican meals at any of our three locations in Andover, North Andover, or North Billerica, Massachusetts.