Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What is the Real Sangria? Choices for Beer Lovers & Wine Lovers...

Traditional Sangria can only be made...

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Originally from Spain, Sangria is typically made with red wine, fresh fruit, and a touch of carbonated water, bubbly, or soda (like Sprite or Ginger Ale).  All Recipes lists the following recipe for Sangria:

1 lemon
1 lime
1 orange
1 1/2 cups rum
1/2 cup white sugar
1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
1 cup orange juice

Have the fruit, rum, wine, and orange juice well chilled. Slice the lemon, lime and orange into thin rounds and place in a large glass pitcher. Pour in the rum and sugar. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours to develop the flavors.
When ready to serve, crush the fruit lightly with a wooden spoon and stir in the wine and orange juice. Adjust sweetness to taste.

However, what if you don't have the time or tools necessary to make Sangria?  Well, more often than not, you can purchase Sangria from a winery, wine shop, or beer distributor.  I found a good beer (malt) based Sangria that beer loves will definitely like: Seagram's Escapes Sangria.

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This is a light, slightly carbonated fruity beer beverage.  It's been well-received from women and men who enjoy beer!  But if you're more of a wine drinker, why not try a pre-made wine-based Sangria (as it was intended to be)?  Here's a list of some in Pennsylvania wineries that make some nice Sangria's:

Manatawny Creek Winery Sangria by the Box
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Franklin Hill Winery White Sangria

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New Hope Winery Sangria and White Sangria
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Chaddsford Winery's Sangri-La Sangria

The point?  Although traditional Sangria is made using wine, today's market allows you to buy Sangria as a beer base or pre-made wine base.  You can enjoy Sangria, no matter which way you prefer, with your favorite Spanish food dish every day!

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