History of Sangria

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Sangria is a wine punch that originated in Spain and Portugal that consists of red wine, citrus fruits, a dash of brandy and carbonated water. Make different variations of sangria with Sprite, white wine and various fruits using instructions from a wine specialist in this free video on sangria.

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Well, hello there. I'd like to chat with you a little bit about sangria today. Sangria is a wine punch, originated in Spain and Portugal, but has really traveled all across Europe, where it's been popular for hundreds of years. It was introduced to the United States in 1964 at the New York World's Fair. The drink basically consists of red wine, often a Claret, like this Bordeaux right here, and citrus fruit as well as a dash of brandy and some carbonated water. Since it's the...since its introduction to the United States in 1964, many variations have taken place, including using white wine and fruits such as kiwi, strawberry, also using liquors such as Triple Sec or whiskey, and replacing the soda water with, oftentimes, Sprite, sometimes ginger ale as well. For a really refreshing summer drink or for a great time at a summer party, try mixing up a batch of sangria at your next social gathering. My suggestion would be to take your bottle of red wine, empty it into some type of container, fill it with the fruit that you're going to use, throw in a dash of brandy, let it sit for two to three days. Then the day you're going to serve it, about 10 minutes before your guests arrive, go ahead and add your carbonated beverage. Sprite works extremely well. And then from there on, have yourself a good time.

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