When I arrived in Seville, Spain, I had visions of enjoying a lovely glass of Sangria while sitting at an outdoor cafe while lazily watching the world go by. I quickly learned that Spaniards aren’t as enamored by Sangria as I had thought, and that many restaurants peddle overprices glasses to tourists.
Instead, locals in Seville prefer a drink called Tinto de Verano, which is simply red table wine mixed with lemon-lime soda and served in a tall glass over ice. It is very refreshing but differs quite a bit from a good sangria. This is not to say that the Spanish have a disdain for Sangria. On the contrary, it is more often served at home on special occasions.
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Making good sangria takes time to allow the flavor to evolve as the fruit marinates overnight with the spices and wine. The results, when done properly, tastes like summer in a glass. Here’s my recipe for the ultimate glass of red wine Sangria. I suggest using a red wine that is low in tannins, such as a Spanish Tempranillo or Garnacha or a light Merlot.
Makes 4 – 8 servings
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