I love sangria. It’s the perfect girly-drink. Each pitcher is fizzy and festive and beautiful to look at with slices of colorful fruit swimming in wine. There’s really no right or wrong way to make a sangria, and with all kinds of fresh fruits coming into season now, a pitcher of sangria is a delightful way to usher in summer.
And they go down oh, so easy.
Sangria has been around for hundreds of years. The drink originated in Spain as a fruit-infused wine-punch, but it was the Romans (who conquered the Spaniards) who planted the vineyards. Because they believed red grapes made the best wine, sangria was most commonly made with red wine. And besides, back in the day, sangria meant ‘blood’. Hence, blood red wine.
Today, sangria recipes abound. We make it with all kinds of wine and a variety of fruits and sweeteners and alcohol for ‘punch’, but this one is my favorite because it’s low in calories. It tastes so refreshing, you’d never know it was good for your waistline, too. Go ahead and have another glass!
I’ve taken this sangria to concerts in the park, fireworks on the 4th of July, and just because. Nary a drop is left behind.
Easy, delicious, and purty. Celebrate summer!