It’s probably sad that writing a piece about how not to get caught out there drinking too much inspired me to post a drink recipe, but whatevs. I’d been meaning to share this with the Clutch fam all summer and soon it will be (spiked) pumpkin spice latte season, so there’s no time like the present!

Sangria is a punch made of wine with its orgins said to be from Spain, Argentina and Portugal. Depending on who makes it, it may be on the on the sweet side (which may be more palatable to those who enjoy fruity mixed drinks more than wine), but that isn’t always the case. A typical sangria is made with red wine (though blanco varieties are increasing in popularity), fruit, brandy and some sort of sweetener. However, the possibilities are endless.

This is my favorite basic sangria recipie for making large quantities to schlepp to a picnic or BBQ; it’s incredibly simple and tasty!

You’ll need:

  • A large punch bowl and long spoon
  • Three bottles of wine (a friend who is a wine guru explained to me that cheap wines, such as Trader Joe’s Charles Scultz (aka ‘two buck Chuck’), box wines or even the extremely sweet Manischewitz are great for sangria, so don’t worry over picking out a fancy brand; if you are going red, select a dry variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, etc. For white: chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc…Moscato is a little bit too sweet, k? If you insist, you may want to skip the sweetner).
  • Three cups of sliced fruit to your liking. For red, try apples, oranges and blackberries. For white, consider strawberries, peaches and limes.
  • Sweetener of your choosing (sugar, Splenda, agave nectar etc) to taste
  • Brandy to taste (you need at least a half-pint to soak the fruit, but you may wish to add a little more during the mixing process if it isn’t strong enough for your liking)
  • Juice to taste, no more than a half of a cup or so (for a red sangria, I’d keep it simple with orange juice, which adds a touch of extra acidity and flavor; for white, try a peach nectar, lime or lemonade)

Soak your fruit in the brandy overnight (a few hours will suffice if you don’t have the time). Mix fruit and win in a punch bowl and add other ingredients just a wee little bit at a time until you get your desired taste. Don’t go overboard on the sugar, it’s not Kool-Aid. Enjoy responsibly!

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