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No matter which way you pour it, sangria is a delicious concoction that originates from Spain, but is very popular in Portugal as well. On a culinary vacation in Portugal, you will find Portuguese sangria on the drinks menu at most restaurants and bars.
The centuries-old “punch” first became popular centuries ago, during Roman times, when water was largely considered unsafe to drink. While many enjoyed wine on its own, others added fruit and spices to switch things up. The addition of fruit to create the sangria was also thought to increase people’s appetite while decreasing the alcohol content – so they felt free to enjoy that glass of wine any time of day.
The only other country besides Spain where you can get true sangria – according to the European Parliament – is Portugal. No matter where you enjoy Portugal sangria, chances are it will include wine, brandy (or sometimes even champagne), as well as sugar and a variety of fruit. And what makes Portuguese sangria even better is how well it pairs with many classic Portuguese dishes you will encounter on our Portugal cooking vacations.
Learn more about Portuguese food and wine on a culinary vacation in Portugal.
These particular recipes come from Sofia, our hostess during a Delectable Portugal cooking vacation. She recommends preparing the sangria a day before you plan to serve it, other than the mint, which should go in just before serving.
White wine sangria is perhaps less common than red, but its crisp, fruity flavors are perfect for summer days!
Makes 2 liters (or 3.5 pints)
Red wine Sangria is one of our go-to coctails when we’re having a party. It’s easy to prep and always a crowd pleaser!
Enjoy sangria, as well as local Portuguese wines, during your cooking classes at Delectable Portugal.
You can also check out other Portuguese recipes including:
By Liz Hall
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