This authentic Sangria Española without added sugar contains some apple, peach and orange pieces, plus a little fizz in the end to make it extra festive!
The word Sangria comes from the word “sangre” which means blood, therefore a traditional sangria should be the color of blood. Nowadays, there are tons of different variations of sangria out there, some made with white wine others sparkling wines and all kind of fruits. However, the original version, the traditional Sangria Española, is and will always be the ultimate summer star!
Sangria’s origin is not clear, some says it was a way to upgrade the lowest grad wines from Southern Spain by adding fruits (sugars) it would help balance the sharpness. Others say, it was an invention of British sailors, bringing along with them some Spanish wine to the Caribbeans and mixing it up with rum and fruits. Truth be told, no one knows for sure. One thing is certain, it’s a fantastic drink to sip on in the summertime!
The golden rules of Sangria Española
Here are a few rules to follow if you want to concoct a traditional Sangria:
- Cut the fruits small enough to be able to get the pieces to slide easily in your mouth when drinking, except the citrus.
- Cover really well the sangria (airtight) with the plastic wrap, not to let the alcohol evaporate.
- Make sure to macerate the sangria long enough (minimum of 3 hours in the fridge) because the wine need to suck up all the fruits flavors.
- Make sure to gently stir the Sangria before serving.
- Don’t forget the fizz in the end, it could be a gas limonade, soda, or simply sparkling water.
No added sugar
This version uses no added sugar, I believe the orange juice, soda and fruits contains enough already. If you find it too strong, add a little sirup or juice to the Sangria. This version is a grown up version, not going to taste like candy.
Tapas to serve with Sangria
- PAN CON TOMATE – PA AMB TOMAQUET
- EGGPLANT FRIES WITH HONEY
- CALAMARI IN ITS INK CROQUETAS
- COLORFUL SPANISH TORTILLA DE PATATA
So let’s make this summer drink!
- 750 ml red wine
- 300 ml orange juice
- 100 ml Brandy
- 1 apple (cut into small cubes)
- 1 peach (cut into small cubes)
- 1 orange (sliced in quarter)
- 1 cinnamon stick
To add after maceration
- 200 ml sparkling soda or lemonade
- Start by cutting the apple and peach, add to a pitcher.
- Add the wine, orange juice and brandy to the pitcher.
- Add a few slices of orange and the cinnamon stick.
- Mix up and cover (airtight) with plastic wrap.
- Let macerate overnight in the fridge (minimum 3 hours).
- Add the soda or fizzy lemonade before serving.