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National Sangria Day!
Celebrar con sangrĂ­a on National Sangria Day!
 
 
The Holiday Season is here, but don't forget that this Today (December 20th) is it's own special holiday: National Sangria Day!
 
Sangria is traditionally enjoyed in Spain and Portugal during the summer, but that doesn't mean you can't warm up a winter night with some sangria just the same. It comes in all sorts of varieties, allowing for ample creative flair, and since it's traditionally served in punch bowls, sangria makes a festive party punch that's as fun to look at as it is to drink. 
 
We've round up some of the best and most exciting Sangria recipes to enjoy once National Sangria Day comes around. 
 
1) You Must Remember This 

Mixologist Lindsay Matteson serves up this cirtusy, bitters-focused sangria at East Village bitter's tasting room Amor y Amargo. This recipe makes a single serving, but you can easily multiply measurements for a party-sized libation. 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Pavan Liqueur
  • 4 dashes Scrappy’s Orange Bitters
  • .25 oz lime juice
  • .75 oz tangerine juice
  • 1oz Vinho Verde
  • 3oz Cava
  • 1 wedge Tangerine

Instructions:

Briefly stir all ingredients except wine and Cava in a mixing glass with ice. Pour into a wine glass; Vinho Verde, ice, and stir. Top with Cava. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a long tangerine peel. Enjoy!

2) Winter Fruit Sangria

Savor the flavors of the season with this wintry treat.

 Ingredients:

  • Dried Calimyrna (light) figs, sliced
  • 6 dried apricots, cut into slivers
  • 1/2 cup  dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup  raisins
  • 1/4 cup  brandy
  • 2 tablespoons  honey
  • 1 bottle Rioja or Merlot
  • 1 bottle club soda

Instructions:

Stir together the dried fruits, brandy, and honey. Cook over medium-low heat until simmering. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Add wine; stir. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. To serve, strain sangria into a pitcher. Add ice cubes and club soda; stir gently. Makes 8 servings.

 

3) White Strawberry Sangria

Ingredients:

For something decadent and sweet, try this strawberry concoction. 

  • 750  milliliter dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup  strawberry schnapps
  • 1/4 cup  sugar
  • 2 cups  sliced fresh strawberries
  •  Ice cubes
  •  Whole strawberries 

Instructions;

In a 2-quart pitcher stir together wine, strawberry schnapps, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add sliced strawberries. Cover and chill for 1 to 4 hours. Serve in glasses over ice. If desired, garnish with whole strawberries.

4) Cucumber Sangria

Try this fresh take on traditional sangria for something refreshing and delicious.

Ingredients:

  •  small honeydew melon
  • 1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup  lime juice
  • 1/4 cup  honey
  • 1 bottle Sauvignon blanc or other semi-dry white wine, chilled
  • 1 bottle  carbonated water, chilled
  •  Fresh mint sprigs and/or leaves (optional)

5) Classic Sangria


Ingredients:

Emeril Lagasse's classic sangria recipe is sure to be a hit with traditionalists and more experimental drinkers alike.

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup triple sec or Grand Marnier
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 unwaxed apple, cored, and cut into thin wedges
  • 1 bottle sparkling water, chilled

Instructions:

Combine everything but the sparkling water in a large plastic container or glass pitchers. Cover and chill completely, 1 to 2 hours. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water.