May 01, 2015

It's Hot... Keep the Sangrias Coming

It's getting warmer and warmer and that means sangria is on the menu. This combination of wine and fruit aims for refreshment and fun; but know that sangria is a serious drink and even now has its own dedicated glass! Here's an infographic to get you started...

Sangria’s origins probably date back to the Middle Ages, during a time when water was unhealthy to drink and drinking fermented beverages carried a much lower risk of causing illness. During this time, people would mix wine, which was much lighter and less potent than what we are used to today, with spices such as cinnamon.

“Sangria” is the Spanish term for a mix of fruit and wine that became popular in Europe in the subsequent centuries, and the drink emerged on the American culinary radar when it was served in New York at the Spanish World Area during the 1964 World’s Fair. The word “sangria” is much more serious than the drink itself: it comes from the Latin word for blood, thanks to the original sangria’s reddish hue, a result of the red wine first used to make it. Since then, various European countries and hundreds of restaurants have created their own variations on the sangria theme. Spain alone offers quite a few traditional options based on region, with sparkling recipes coming from the areas that produce Cava, for example.







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