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Spice Up Your Next Party With This Customizable Sangria Recipe

If you're looking for something sweet and fruity yet simple and boozy to serve at your next party, consider mixing up a batch of customizable sangria for your guests to enjoy. Basic sangria is easy to make, and there are several things you can do to turn it into something special for each of your guests, no matter what their personal preferences are. But to start, you'll need to create a basic batch of sangria. Here's how:

Choosing the Red Wine – Every delicious sangria cocktail recipe starts with a quality red wine, so the first step is choosing one to use as your base. For a traditional taste, choose a Spanish red wine to work with. Try one of the following:

  • Tempranillo – Usually aged less than a year and offers a spicy yet slightly tart flavor.

  • Young Garnacha – Created using a variety of sweet fruits and features a smooth finish reminiscent of iced tea.

  • Monastrell – Includes black pepper flavors for an intensely bold flavor.

Whatever wine you choose will be combined with cold ingredients and ice later, so you can store it in the fridge until you're ready to use it.

Preparing the Fruit – Another important component of sangria is fresh fruit, which is used to add extra flavor and depth to the concoction. You'll need to prep the following fruits for your batch of sangria:

  • 1 apple

  • 1 orange

  • 1 lemon

  • ½ pineapple

To prepare the fruit, seed it and chop it all up into bite sized chunks. Then put the fruit in a large pitcher and mash it up with a muddler or wooden spoon for about a minute.

Gathering the Final Ingredients – In addition to red wine and fresh fruit, your customizable sangria should include about a third cup of brandy and 4 tablespoons of brown sugar. So gather these ingredients and add them along with the Spanish red wine to your pitcher of mashed fruit. Mix everything together with a large spoon until well combined, and then add about a cup of ice to the mixture to chill it.

Customizing Your Party Sangria – Now that your basic sangria is ready to serve, it's time to think about how your guests can customize it to their personal liking. Set out a variety of ingredients next to the sangria so people can add what they like when serving themselves. Consider serving up:

  • Freshly Ground Cinnamon

  • Black Pepper

  • Chunks of grapefruit

  • Maple Syrup

  • Coconut Milk

  • Fresh Lime Juice

  • Fresh Berries

Your guests can use these extra ingredients to make each glass of sangria they enjoy a new and interesting experience. 

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Most people don't realize it, but there is a way to cook the wrong meals for others--even if you are innately familiar with their personal preferences and culture. Although I am far from an expert, I started studying proper cooking traditions a few years ago, and it has really helped me to enjoy a whole new perspective on things. I wanted to begin a blog that talked all about food and cooking, so that you can understand the deeper levels of what it means to make a great dish. Check out these posts for all kinds of helpful information on everything from cooking to serving.

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