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You don’t need to travel to Spain to drink Sangria: see our best recipes

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One of the things that everyone love about Spain is paella and sangria. It may seem a cliché, but ends up being something real, since a large part of foreigners ask sangria for its quite different and strong taste.

It is a drink that is served throughout the year, but summer is the best time, since always is served chilly. The advantage is that it’s a wine cocktail, mixed with other ingredients, but there are different varieties and types of sangria: from the traditional, made with red wine, to the white wine and cava ones.

The good news is you do not need to travel to Spain to drink sangria. You can make your own to share with friends or at a party, with different recipes.

Red wine sangria

We can choose a quality and renowned red wine as Rioja, a bottle is enough, add some soda, ¼ cup sugar, orange juice and lemon, fruit cubes, orange and lemon slices, and some other liquor as Cointreau or brandy.

Cava sangria

It is a variety of sangria that can be found in Spain, but also in other countries. A bottle of cava will suffice, some brandy, 3 tablespoons sugar, fruit (may be lemons or oranges and their juice). You must also add ice, as in traditional red wine sangria. The colour will be different, though some people add a splash of red wine to add colour.

White wine sangria

It is less common, but increasingly popular, since its taste is slightly less powerful than the red wine one. Use a bottle of white wine, a quarter cup sugar, lemon juice, fruits to garnish and some herbs, such as mint or basil.

The fruits to garnish this type of sangria are also different: lemon, peaches and oranges, because the taste of fruits will be more evident. If we want, we can also add a splash of rum or vodka.

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Viña Tondonia Reserva 2002 is a is a red wine with DO Rioja from the Viña Tondonia.

 

 

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Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2009 is a a wine red with the VT Castilla y León DO based on the best of syrah and cabernet Sauvignon from 2009 and 14º of volume of alcohol. 

 

Tinto de verano: the perfect solution

 TAGS:While in all stores and malls the last sales coexists with the first arrivals of jackets, coats, turtleneck sweaters and corduroy pants, as always, life on the other side informs us of the opposite. There is nobody who can buckled a button in this heat without sweating and it makes us feel even less desire to go to work.

Sure, during the eight hours that our exhausting workday takes we have to settle for water or coffee. We should not be dramatic, as also exist some work places with vending machines or refrigerator and air conditioning … but it does not really help for our thirst and in our fight against this heat.

I’ve been thinking what could be the solution, and, of course, I suddenly fall asleep and I had to postpone the conclusions a bit more than it would have been desirable, but finally I’ve realized what we lack.

Notice that these home remedies against the heat wave cannot be used during working hours. And I also have to say that I have not invented it, sadly. Well, to the point, the best way to withstand temperatures above twenty degrees is the tinto de verano, as its name indicates (the summer red wine).

Red wine and soda with ice. The simplest is always the best, such as bread, which tastes good just as it comes. In this case the variations are permitted, although then it can no longer be called tinto de verano, but it will for sure fulfill the same function. For example, we can make the mixture with a little pink wine that we have left or with white wine and some other type of soda.

I personally, more than wine with soda, I prefer it with lemonade (among other things because I hate the gas), but the cooling effect is the same. The amount depends on the user, on whatever is in the fridge, on the time of day and I would even say, that it also depends on the day of the week.

We suggest two ingredients for the best tinto de verano:

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Castillo de Chiva Tinto 2012, an affordable, tasty wine

 

 

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Lemonade la Casera, the traditional spanish lemonade