Sangria - Mexican Sangria Recipe
Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain, and when he "discovered" the Americas he began a trend which had a huge impact. It's fascinating to realize that what we think of as "Mexico" is really primarily the Spanish culture. The native Mexicans were assimilated and much of their culture was lost or absorbed.
So when we think about the world of Sangria, which is a Spanish beverage, it is natural that Sangria would become very popular in this "New Spain" area. Mexico is not known for its winemaking, but it does make several great liqueurs. Tequila is one of those, created in Guadalajara from the agave plant.
Here is a recipe which is traditional in Mexico, combining the heritage of Spain with the new found treats of the Mexican climate.
1 bottle red wine
1 cup Tequila
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
2 limes or 1 apple, sliced in small cubes or wedges
Start with a pitcher or large bowl. Add in ice cubes about half way up. Add in the red wine, Tequila, orange juice and lime juice. Mix gently. Now stir in the sugar until it dissolves well.
Pour into thick glasses and toss in a few limes or apples.
NOTE: Caster sugar is a sugar that dissolves very easily in liquid. For this reason it's often used in drinks. It's more powdery than normal grains of sugar, although not as super-light as confectioner's sugar. If all you have is normal sugar, grind it slightly in your blender.
To turn this into a single-glass sangria recipe, a typical assumption is that one 750ml bottle of wine yields four large glasses of wine. Divide all ingredients shown by four. If you're making just one glass worth you probably don't want to wait for the overnight soaking. If the mixture doesn't soak, you just won't get as much of the fruit / berry flavors permeating the sangria.
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Note: I created these sangria recipes and have had them online for years. If you find similar sangria recipes elsewhere, it's because someone copied my idea. I do appreciate it when visitors write in to warn me about the plagiarism - but usually there's not much I can do about it! What's really funny is when they copy my design right down to my sangria pitcher. That's a bit much :)