Many moons ago we published a recipe for sangria and to this day it is one of our most popular posts here at Loco Gringo. So we thought we would bring it out of the archives so you can celebrate the holidays with this tasty fruited wine.
You may think that Sangria was developed by the Spanish but oddly enough the Romans have a big hand in this delicious libation. Look way, way back to 200 BC. The Romans were the first to plant red grapes in Spain during their invasion in 200 BC. The Spanish started to create alcoholic beverages from the red grapes and called the drinks ‘Sangria’, meaning blood in English, as the grapes were planted by a country that conquered the Spanish and resulted in a very bloody war.
Brandy was added to the cocktail to add an extra ‘punch’ to this national drink.
In 1964 that Sangria debuted at the World Fair in New York by Spain.
With the Spanish conquest in the mid 1500s throughout Mexico, Sangria has become a part of the cocktail culture in this country.
The ‘punch’ comes not from brandy like the Spanish recipe but from tequila.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large glass jug or punch bowl. Stir well and let sit for an hour. Add ice and serve!