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29 Jul Sun, Sea and Sangria

When you think of summer drinks that remind you of sun, sea and holidays, the one that always comes to mind is Sangria.   This alcoholic punch is thought to date back to the 15th century in Spain and is traditionally made with red wine which gives rise to the drink’s name sangria, from the Spanish word sangre, meaning blood, although there are also white wine versions (sangria blanca).

Additional ingredients in the sangria punch usually include brandy and chopped fruit such as orange, lemon, apple, peach, berries and melon, a sweetener such as honey or sugar and mixer such as lemonade.

Served chilled with ice, Sangria really hits the spot for summer drinking.  It’s easy to make and serve in pitchers, making it perfect for outdoor parties and BBQs.

Although you can use any red wine, a young, fruity red will tend to make a better sangria.

Here are our picks of some of the best sangria recipes for you to try:

Traditional Red Wine Sangria


  • 1 750 ml bottle of red wine
  • Half a cup of Brandy
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 50gm of sugar
  • Chopped apples, oranges and lemon
  • Grapes for garnish





Watermelon Sangria


  • 12 cups cubed watermelon, divided
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry white wine
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1 medium lime, quartered
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

This lovely and refreshing sangria blanca recipe is from


Cava Sangria – for those who prefer a sparkling version


  • 4 cups diced assorted fresh fruit (such as strawberries, peaches, and grapes)
  • 2 small oranges, thinly sliced, seeded
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup peach liqueur
  • 1/2 cup white grape juice
  • 4 small fresh mint sprigs
  • 2 750-ml bottles chilled cava or other sparkling white wine

See the full recipe at

‘Cheers’ or should we say ‘Salud’!

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