What is the perfect summertime drink? If you are an 11 year old it is probably lemonade, but for an adult, nothing screams summer like Sangria. What is Sangria? From where did it originate and how do you make it?
Sangria was officially introduced to the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. This wine concoction was famous in Europe for centuries before it traveled across the pond. Wine punches have been popular since ancient times. The ancient Romans, at times, sweetened their wine with honey before drinking or used a variety of spices and herbs. Thanks to the violent invasion by the Romans of what is now known as Spain, vineyards popped up all over the conquered territory. When the hot summer arrived, the Spanish took the Roman’s love of spiced wine added some fruit and brandy and the sangria was born.
Continuing into the 1700s and 1800s, Sangria would have been made from Claret, or a Bordeaux blend very popular in England during the period. Sangria, or Claret Cup Punch, was immortalized on the page by Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice when Mrs Bennett served it to celebrate the scandalous marriage of Mr. Wickham to her mischievous daughter, Lydia. Nearly every party scene in an Austen novel has Sangria being served, the perfect party drink.
Traditionally, sangria recipes call for red wine, brandy and fruit. Today, however, sangria is as varied as the countries that serve it. It can be made from a variety of wines, fruits and with or without brandy.
At Hauser Estate, we can always suggest the best wines for the sangria that you want. For a red sangria, our Devil’s Den red, with a touch of sweetness makes a nice addition to your summertime picnic table. For red sangria, adding different types of berries would finish off your drink. Our semi sweet white wine, Jennie Wade White, would do nice as well for a white sangria. Berries would work for a white sangria as would peaches, watermelon, and mangoes…the choices are endless.
Sangria is the perfect summer drink, but with its versatility, it could easily find its way to a Winter holiday table.