Why we love Sangria

Wine lover’s savour wine in all its forms – red, white, rose and of course, sangria! Pitchers of this delicious drink are refreshing and festive, best enjoyed in the sunshine with some good friends.

This humble beverage is a favourite of ours because of its unique twist on a classic drink. The Spanish flavours of sangria make it more exciting than just a straight glass of wine. It’s incredibly versatile and can be adapted with a wide range of flavours to suit many tastes. Plus, as it comes in a large pitcher, it’s also great for sharing.

The origins of sangria

Sangria was first created in Spain. It is a variation on a traditional red wine punch that was popular in Europe for centuries. It was concocted from red wine, brandy and fruit, with other flavours such as ginger and cinnamon sometimes thrown in for extra spice.

Favourite sangria variations

The classic red wine sangria is a great go-to, but any of these other variations can spice up your wine life.

• Oranges are the fruit of choice for most sangrias, but in the south of Spain it is commonly made with peach or nectarine, for a delicious twist. This variation is also known as zurra.

• For something a little different, you can also try a variation made with Cava, a Spanish sparkling white wine – perfect for summer!

• White sangria made from a base of pinot grigio, moscato or even riesling are sweet and refreshing. This variation can be made with additions such as triple sec, brandy or pineapple juice. Yum!

Best sangria pairings

Sangria is always a good idea. You can drink it at pretty much any time of day and with a wide variety of foods. For the best experiences though, try some of these pairings.

• Seafood: The citrus notes in sangria make it the perfect accompaniment to fish, calamari or shrimp.

• Cheese: Wine and cheese are a match made in heaven, and sangria is no different. Soft creamy cheeses like brie or goat’s cheese are best.

• Cured meats: Go full Spanish style and enjoy some cold cuts with your sangria, such as serrano ham, proscciutto or salami.

 

Of course, the best pairing of all is a pitcher of sangria and a group of good friends. Grab some of your besties and come down to Made By The Hill to enjoy some sweet sangria and witty banter!

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