Have you ever tried Sangria? It’s one of those things that has no middle ground…you either love it or you hate it. Love it for it’s uniqueness in every batch or hate it for it’s sweetness. Or vice versa for some of you.
If you haven’t ever heard of sangria, or have never tried it, here’s a little backstory (courtesy of wikipedia). Sangria is originally from Spain and Portugal. In that original form, sangria was named for it’s dark red color. It literally translates to “bloodletting”. But these days, sangria can come in red or white. Google “sangria” and you’ll come up with more recipes than you could ever make.
It usually consists of a red (or white wine), fruit, a sweetener and a mixer. Some recipes will use a fruit juice in place of the fruit and sweetener. The mixer can be anything from a carbonated beverage like Sprite to a liquor like brandy.
Now, we can’t give away our proprietary recipe, but we can tell you that we use fresh fruit juices in our sangria. We often try to offer two different types of sangria to give a little variety and appeal to different tastes. Usually, we’ll offer a red version and a white version. Add a little pineapple juice to one and a little cranberry juice to the other, mix and serve. Of course we left out an ingredient or two to keep you coming back for our special blend, and we often use a mix of juices, but you get the idea.
And here’s a tip. We use fresh fruit juices in an effort to keep our sangria as natural as possible, therefore it MUST be refrigerated. Sure, it’ll be okay if you forget and leave it out for a day or two. But leave it out for a week or more, and you’ll be cleaning sangria off your ceiling. You see, fruit juice will ferment if left out at room temperature. And we’re not talking the good “make your own wine” kind of fermentation. We’re talking the “that looks and smells disgusting” kind of fermentation.
We only make our sangria in large batches. We’ll occasionally have it for special events at the winery, but we mostly save it for outdoor festivals. Our staff should tell you when you purchase sangria that it needs to be refrigerated, and ideally, consumed within 10 days of purchase.
So that’s our little informational tutorial on sangria. If you haven’t tried it, give it a chance. If you don’t like it, you can always experiment with flavors on your own. All you need is a bottle of AmRhein’s wine, fruit (juice) of your choice, and something to mix it with. Cheers!