National Sangria Day is the ideal reason to get together with friends and try the wonderful, fruity drink that is one of Spain's culinary claims to fame.
When did National Sangria Day start being celebrated?
Every year, an increasing number of tourists travel to Spain to experience its rich culinary tradition and culture. When the Romans first settled in the area almost 2,000 years ago, they realized the water was dangerous to drink due to bacteria, so they fortified it with alcohol to kill the bacteria. In this scenario, necessity led to creativity, and many people's lives have improved as a result. Sangrias, whose name originates from the Spanish word Sangre, which means "blood," and refers to their dark crimson hue, were most likely substantially watered down blends of wine and water, as well as herbs and spices. The Romans basically added anything they could think of to fight microorganisms in the water and mask the taste of substandard table wine.
For a long time, winemaking and, by extension, sangria-making prospered in Spain. Then, in the 700s, when the Islamic Moors took over, the Spanish wine industry collapsed. It wasn't until the Moors were defeated over 800 years later that Spaniards were once again able to openly pursue their sangria-making pastimes. Sangria, made using French grapes, became popular in England and France in the 18th and 19th centuries. Then, in 1964, Sangria was brought to the general public in the United States, thanks to the impact of the New York City World's Fair, and Americans have had a taste for it ever since.
Sangria's variations have tended to evolve through time. The type of fruit used, the presence or absence of carbonation, and the type of spirits used, if any, are the most common differences. While any fruit can be used, the idea is to choose fruit that is in the season to highlight the drink's flavor as well as the type of wine used. To be labeled "Sangria," a drink must be prepared in either Spain or Portugal and contain less than 12 percent alcohol by volume, according to European regulation. Sangria has evolved into a long-standing and well-loved tradition. And, despite its origins in Spain and Portugal, it is now loved all over the world. In the summer, it's excellent as an iced outside treat, and in the winter, it's a great way to warm up within.
Do you want to join the celebration of Sangria Day?
While it is true that the drink must be brewed in Spain or Portugal to be called "sangria," the spirit of the drink can be enjoyed anywhere! You can have it at a Mexican restaurant, buy it at a liquor store, or even make it yourself. It's a terrific cocktail to serve with seafood, Thai, spicy Mexican meals, or even a cheese plate.
Try to make your own Sangria!
There are almost as many sangria recipes as there are sangria drinkers, and there are plenty of delicious sangria ideas to explore. Wine, fruit, honey, and sugar are the most prevalent elements in practically any sangria. However, the recipe may be tweaked to suit your preferences: sparkling water can be added to give the drink more fizz, and fruit can be strained out of the glasses. To give the wine an extra-rich flavor, some of the fruit can be mashed or shredded and then swirled in. While citrus and berries are the most common sangria ingredients, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, and even apples are also good options. To get the most out of the natural flavors the fruits offer, marinate them in the wine a day ahead of time, or at least a few hours before serving. Luckily, you can order all the ingredients from Juicefly!