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A Guide to Christmas: Sangria

Traditions during Christmas are various among families celebrating it around the world. As I spoke before, in my family there is a big variety of food during the holiday season. I know that in many countries it is common to eat ham during this time. In the beautiful Romania, cozonac is the way to go.

We have not yet touched the fun topic of Christmas drinks with the exception of eggnog. Sangria is the way to drink during your holidays, and throughout the year as well 🙂 A simple delicious alcoholic drink that can be shared with family and friends during Christmas. It is sweet, warn, fragrant and tasty as well. My mind is being slowly redirected to Romania as I write this post.

The first time I went to Cluj Napoca, Romania was during Holiday Season in 2014.  It was very cold, I mean very cold. Just look at the photos below. I am from Angola, and it is understandable that I would be cold. But never in my life had I thought it would be -10 °C in Romania. And when I thought it could not possibly get worst, we went to the Paltinis for New Years and it was -20 °c. I almost died (exaggeration) 🙂  It was a fun trip and there was something that helped me during that time, a warm version of the beautiful sangria. The first time I tried and it was memorable.

The warm sangria resonated into my mind for month because it was just fantastic. There was a hint of orange and cinnamon. The orange taste and the warmth of the drink got me back momentarily to Luanda, but the cherries brought me to a new place where I was embraced. The best part was the cherries mushed and ready to be devoured with by the drink, me 🙂

A sangria with tropical fruits will be my unspoken choice since I love those fruits. However my favorite ingredients for sangria ingredients will always be of red fruits. The sweetness and hearty taste and smell of the fruits gives the sangria a new identity.

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Citrus Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 wine bottle, Cabernet Saugivnon was my choice
  • 1 moscato bottle, Barefoot my choice brand
  • 1/4 cup brandy, optional
  • 1-2 sprite or any lemon/lime soda
  • 3 sliced oranges plus zest
  • 2 tangerine, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • Sugar

Red Fruits Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 wine bottle, Cabernet Saugivnon was my choice
  • 1 moscato bottle, Barefoot my choice brand
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup sprite or any lemon/lime soda
  • 2 orange, sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blackberries
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • Sugar

Instructions:

Place the citrus or red fruits in a bowl and add the sugar. Once the added, with a wooden spoon, smash the fruits until juice comes out of them. Add the sprite and let it infuse for 5 -15 minutes.

As the mixture gets infused, prepare the alcoholic and cinnamon concoction. Mix the wine, moscato and brandy. Add the wine mixture to the citrus and mix it well. Refrigerate for at least an hour and serve it. Enjoy it.

Warm sangria

If you live in a cold place and are in need of a warm drink, there is a nice surprise for you. You can still do the warm version of the sangria once you finish preparing the cold version. Place it in a saucepan with a lid and warm it up in low heat.  Serve it and enjoy it.

Until next time, Hungry People.

Featured Photo: Central Florida Lifestyle

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