If you're looking for the perfect summer, party drink this is it! This rosé sangria is amazing. It has the perfect amount of sweetness, the right amount of booze and all of the fruits to make it taste fresh. We've made this sangria about four times now for different catering events and family parties and it's been a hit!
You can make sangria boozy, like we have, or you can cut it with juice or soda to allow high quantities to be enjoyed. This sangria can also be enjoyed any time of the year and can be adapted based on what is seasonally available.
I think for the most part, we all know that sangria typically consists of wine, a liquor and fruit. But other than that, do you know exactly what sangria is and how it came to be?
Sangria, which translates to bloodletting in Spanish (referring to the red color), is a mixture of Spanish or Portugese wine with spices and fruit. Oftentimes, additional liquors are added as well. Sangria came to be as a result of water supplies not being reliable and occasionally being tainted by bacteria. Wine, which was flavored or diluted, was the preferred drink because the alcohol content would ensure bacteria wasn’t present. While red wine is the traditional and original wine for sangria, white, rosé, or sparkling could also be used. The key is to stick to a drier wine and to avoid the sweeter wines so they complement the sweetness of the added ingredients as opposed to battling them.
The key to making a great sangria is finding balance. Like any other great recipe, you need all of the ingredients to be present in the proper proportions. This is important because as long as you know what the balanced end product should taste like you can change the ingredients however you wish. Here's what you need:
For this Summer Rosé Sangria recipe, we add a combination of fresh fruit and dried fruit which we rehydrated in a ginger simple syrup. We like to use dried apricots because of the depth of flavor they add but you could certainly use fresh apricots or even peaches if you prefer.
After rehydrating the dried apricots, you pretty much add all the ingredients (except the cava), stir to combine and let it rest so all the flavors can come together.
The first step is to add all of your fruit. For the fruit here we used dried apricots, fresh raspberries, strawberries and sliced lemons. But again the great thing about a sangria is that you can tweak it to your liking and add fruits that are in season where you are.
Next, we added a whole bottle of rosé. You can pretty much add any type of rosé but we recommend going for a drier one so that there's a good balance and it's not overly sweet.
For the liquor here, we used a peach brandy. You'll notice that the alcohol from the wine and brandy extracts the flavors from the fruit and citrus.
For the sweetness, we added a ginger simple syrup. If you opt to throw in soda or juice, however, we recommend to not add a simple syrup to again, not make it overly sweet.
Once all of your ingredients are added in, stir to combine and you're all set!
If you're serving the sangria per person or want to give your friends and family a little extra pop, we love to top off the sangria with Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine.
Sangria is the perfect party drink and we're loving this amazing Summer Rosé Sangria. It's fresh and fruity with just the right amount of booze and it’s easy to make either overnight or the morning of!
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