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Sangria Recipes from our Portugal Cooking Vacation

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No matter which way you pour it, sangria is a delicious concoction that originates from Spain. 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.

Posing with sangria in PortugalBut Spain isn't the only place where you'll see sangria being served. Even so, the only other country where you can get true sangria -- according to the European Parliament earlier this year -- is Portugal. No matter where you enjoy sangria, chances are it'll include wine, brandy (or sometimes even champagne), as well as sugar and a variety of fruit.

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 sangria recipe
WineMakes 2 liters (or 3.5 pints)
Ingredients

  • 1 liter (1 3/4 pints) white wine
  • 1/2 liter (3/4 pint) 7-up (or similar)
  • 1 glass of white port wine or sherry
  • 1 glass of peach fresh juice
  • 1 glass of any sweet liqueur
  • 1 sliced lemon (small)
  • 2 apples (cut into very tiny pieces)
  • 1 peach (cut into very tiny pieces)
  • Some white and sweet raisins, cut in half without the pits
  • Some leaves of fresh mint
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Some sugar, to taste
  • Ice

Directions
Put everything together and serve very cold.

Red sangria recipe
Ingredients

  • 1 liter (1 3/4 pints) red full-bodied wine
  • 1/2 liter (3/4 pint) 7-up (or similar)
  • 1 glass of red port wine or sherry
  • 1 glass of peach fresh juice
  • 1 glass of pear or apple juice
  • 1 glass of any sweet liqueur
  • 1 sliced orange with the skin 2 apples (cut in very small pieces)
  • Some red raisins (about 10), cut in half without the pits
  • Some leaves of fresh mint
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Some sugar, to taste
  • Ice

Directions
Like the white sangria, put everything together and serve very cold.

Enjoy sangria, as well as local Portuguese wines, during your cooking classes at Delectable Portugal.

By Liz Hall

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