Definition - What does Sangria mean?

Sangria is a wine cocktail which can take on its own transformation depending on the wines, fruits and other alcoholic additions used to make it.

There are variations of red Sangria; the mix often depends on the season and what is available regionally. White sangria is made with orchard fruits and citrus blended with white sherry and/or triple sec with a sweetener. A similar version using a bubbly white wine instead of basic white wine is also popular.

After mixing, Sangria is typically chilled for a few minutes to a few days, depending on the desired result. While it is usually a regional drink made in one's home, it can also be marketed and bottled. The restrictions of selling under the label of "Sangria" are restricted to those only made in Portugal and Spain by law of the European Parliament.

WineFrog explains Sangria

Sangria is a blended drink similar to a cocktail, however, it's base spirit is white or red wine, and it originated in Portugal and Spain. The more popular version, red sangria, typically starts with a simple red wine, usually a young one, added to a pitcher with sliced fruits, like apples, oranges, and lemons. On occasion, pears, kiwi, and melon are also added. Flavored soda is then added with a sweetener such as sugar, simple syrup or honey in some places. The final touch includes a bit of brandy, which is a distilled product often made from wine or the remnant of wine pressings. The method by which brandy is made, also varies by region.

Regardless of the recipe, the wine utilized for Sangria is best if it is a young wine or one which has not been oaked or aged. This style of wine will often blend better with the fruit and other additions, as oaked wine tends to be bitter when chilled.

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