While it’s easier to just buy ready-made sangrias, it’s more fun to make your own. Start by choosing which fruits and spices to include and the wine to use. For those who are clueless of how to make sangria, here are some tips based on the type of wine to use.
Though it’s possible to make sangria out of red wine, keep in mind that not all red wines take sangria mix the same way. For a more drinkable mix, use dry red wines that offer fruity aroma and flavours. Avoid older wines as they can be too delicate for mixing, tannic reds as they can make the concoction taste too strong, and overly complex wines as they can be difficult to mix with other flavours.
Surprisingly, it’s a bit more difficult to look for a white wine and fruit combo for good-tasting sangria. It’s because white wines display more of it fruitier side than its alcoholic taste. If you want a sharper flavour using white wine in your sangria, pay attention to the type of grapes used in the wine and the fruits you include in your sangria recipe.
For example, a citrusy flavoured Sauvignon Blanc might not go well with a sangria recipe that has a lot of lemon or lime in it. This may call for a bit of experimentation, but lighter and un-oaked Chardonnays can meld well, as well as Chenin Blanc wines.
With so many choices of dry rosé wines, don’t hesitate to try pink wine for you concoction. A pink wine offers an additional benefit of creating beautiful colour combinations for your beverage, given that this wine can be found in almost every shade of pink—from salmon pink to blood red. Also, with these wines lighter red berry flavours, this wine type tastes good with sangria that has cranberries, raspberries, and peaches in it. However, try to avoid rosé wines that are overwhelmingly sweet as they’re difficult to pair with the rest of your sangria ingredients.
]While we’ve just mentioned to avoid overly sweet wines, dessert wines with balanced fruitiness and acidity can be a wining option. To ensure a winning sangria combo, make use of fruits with lip-smacking acidity, such as lemons, lines, pomegranates, and oranges. The extra jolt of acid will counteract the sweetness, making your sangria taste a bit drier and balancing the flavour of the ingredients.
For a bit of kick, use sparkling wine in your sangria mix. The ones with simple and fruity flavour works excellently—think Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava. Almost any sparkling wine works well with any sangria recipe that calls for white bubblies and rosé wines. However, keep in mind that the sparkler should only be add just before serving so the bubbles won’t dissipate.
Whether you choose red, rosé, white, dessert, or sparkling wine, serving sangria is a versatile way to celebrate in the warm weather, and a more fun take on traditional wine in summer.