Take a break from the eggnog. Leave that canned drink of sugar and artificial everything to embrace the Spanish punch that packs a sneaky punch. Today, you are going to savor sips of sangria in honor of Sangria Day, celebrated annually on December 20.
Blending together red wine, seltzer, fruit juice or brandy creates Sangria. The classic recipe presents a deep crimson hue, studded with slices of apples and oranges that float within the pitcher from which it is served.
Variations include a summer sangria that uses white wine instead of red and stirs in fruits of the season, such as peaches, strawberries and green grapes. Add cranberry juice to Gewürztraminer with sliced apples, pears and plums to make my favorite season, autumn, even better.
It can be enjoyed with paella or chicken mole poblano and has joined menus featuring the fare of Portugal, Spain’s neighboring country. Mexican fiestas frequently embrace sangria, a refreshing change from the margaritas that usually accompany enchiladas or chimichangas.
Celebrate Sangria Day by cooking up a buffet of nachos, flautas, quesadillas and fajitas. Have lots of sangria on hand to keep your guests full of holiday cheer.
Of course, if you really need a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, make a reservation at that restaurant you’ve been eyeing, then just kick back and relax with a few glasses of sangria. Salud!