Brunchology 101

Brunch drinks uncovered: Sangria

By on August 31, 2011

What is really in your brunch drink?

Mmmm, sangria. It’s like fruit punch for adults! Although this wine punch originates from Spain, you will often see it served at Mexican, Cuban and even some American restaurants. One of the things that I love about sangria is that there are so many variations of it. While you will always see red and white sangria on a menu, no two sangrias are made them same. Different wines can be used, it may be served with other kinds of fruits, or varying types of alcohol may be added.  This truly makes sangria a unique brunch beverage!

Here’s your basic red sangria recipe:

Calle Ocho's roja sangria

1 bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 orange, cut into wedges
2 Tbsp sugar
1 shot brandy
2 cups ginger ale or club soda

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving. If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice. (Source: about.com)

If you’re not a big fan of red wine, white sangria is becoming increasingly popular. Check out this basic white sangria recipe:

Calle Ocho's blanca sangria

1 bottle of white wine (Riesling, Albarino, Chablis, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc)
2/3 cup white sugar
3 oranges, sliced (or may substitute 1 cup of orange juice)
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
2 oz. brandy (optional)
1/2 liter of ginger ale or club soda (ginger ale for those with a sweeter tooth!)

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the orange, lemon and lime into the wine, add brandy if desired. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving. If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled white wine and serve over lots of ice. If you’re looking for something else to add, try sliced strawberries, peaches, a handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, or a cup of citrus-flavored soda. (Source: about.com)

I love trying different sangria flavors! New York is bursting with places that serve creative kinds of sangria. If you’re a true sangria lover, you must try the sangria bar at Calle Ocho. The Gang visited Calle Ocho back in June and had a great time! Serving up eight different types of sangria, there’s really something for everyone. We also loved the sangria at Rayuela. With fun flavors like guava apricot and watermelon acai, you won’t know which one to try first! If sake is your thing, check out the sake sangria at Four at Yotel.

Drink on!
 
Written by: Jen 
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    Debby Seme

    September 1, 2011

    Love these recipes! Thanks for posting! Deb

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