The 4 Things You Need to Make a Killer Sangria

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There are loads of Hispanic foods that are as filling as they are delicious, like arroz con pollo, empanadas, tamales, and more. But did you also know that there is an amazing, easy, strong drink you can make that will accompany whatever Hispanic food you decide to have?

Sangria.

This amazing cocktail is perfect to have in the summer, and it’s super easy to make. Here’s what you need to do.

Wine. The first thing you’re going to need is some wine. It’s the base ingredient. Don’t use good wine, though. You’ll only be wasting it. Sangria was originally made with the leftover wine from parties, all those half-full bottles still laying around. Get something cheap. Red, white, rose — it doesn’t matter. You’ll need about two liters.

Fruits. Fruits are the next most important ingredient in sangria, and they largerly determine the type of sangria you’re making. You can really use just about anything. You can make a berry blend, melon, strawberry, peach — you name it. Some people like to let the fruit set overnight in the wine, and others prefer to simply add it when they make it. One way is not necessarily better than the other, but if it’s summer, you may want to buy frozen fruit and add it just before serving. That way, the fruit flavors the sangria and helps keep it cold.

Alcohol. Sangria doesn’t necessarily need more alcohol, but where’s the fun in that? Traditional recipes tend to call for a cup of brandy, but white rum or vodka work well, too. You could also add other liqueurs, too, to add even more flavor. For example, you could add peach schnapps to your peach sangria for a peachy time.

Bubbles. Be it soda water, lemon-lime soda, or Italian soda, it’s not a bad idea to add some sparkle to your sangria. This makes it more crisp and refreshing, not to mention more flavorful. You don’t have to add sparkle to your sangria, either. You can instead use fruit juice, neither, or even both. Use this to fill the rest of the pitcher.

There you have it! The best drink to accompany your Hispanic foods. In the comments, share your own sangria recetas, and let’s see what you can come up with.

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