22 Jul

Sangria is a simple drink that can add a pinch of class to a Friday night pregame, but can also be enjoyed in a more sophisticated manner outside of campus. Originally from Spain, Sangria is a traditional drink of red wine mixed with lemonade, fruit, and spices. It makes for a great summer cocktail and an easy college mixer. If you’re in Boston looking for a great place to enjoy Sangria try the Red Wine Sangria at Sunset Tap and Grill in Allston or the Pink Sangria at Charley’s in Back Bay.

Unlike some of those intricate-tini-wini drinks found at specialty restaurants, sangria can be easily made by a newb. It’s pretty hard to mess up, so just be creative; add what you want, omit what you don’t want, and voila! You’re a Sangria-Master.

I found this “recipe” online that sums up making Sangria really well:


1. Wine of your choice. I think Two Buck Chuck is MADE for Sangria, so I usually stick with that–or really whatever wine I have.

2. Chopped fruit of your choice: oranges, lemons, apples, grapes, peaches, mango, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries–really any berry. If you’re at school, the key is to take the fruits from your dining hall. My school has a fabulous selection of apples and oranges, so I usually stick to those.

3. Something sweet like sugar, splenda, honey or orange juice

4. A shot of something strong like tripel sec, brandy, flavored vodka, etc…

5. Something carbonated such as Sprite or Club Soda. My favorite carbonated drink to add to Sangria is Fresca. Fresca can double as something carbonated and step 3: “something sweet.” Plus it adds that hint of grapefruity-citrusy goodness that is just delicious.

Mix all the ingredients together in a pitcher, serve on ice, and ENJOY!


2 Responses to “Sangri-aaah!”

  1. David Fricke July 23, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Going to enjoy some tonight. Tio Dave

  2. mom July 24, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Sangria is also a favorite before going to see a soccer game. Wasn’t the blogger spotted recently at Manchester United’s trashing of the Revolution –wearing a Man United shirt?

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