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Originally from its humble roots in Spain, Sangria has become a worldwide sensation. While Americans first tasted the red wine punch at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, the history of Sangria can be traced back 200 BC.
Like many countries who were invaded by the Romans, Spain began actively planting grapes to make into wine and trade with the Romans. Soon, wine became the drink of choice for people of all ages. It is important to remember that before modern times water was full of bacteria and not safe to drink. Any liquid with at least some alcohol in it would kill the bacteria making it the beverage of choice. To liven things up, households who lived near where the grapes were grown would add other fruits and spices to the wine, giving it a different flavor. These ingredients made way for the traditional Spanish red wine punch, Sangria.
Sangria had another upgrade during the 1700s and 1800s when the British and French got involved. The new base of the punch became Claret (the British term for the French Bordeaux). Also added to the mix: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Finished off with a mix of fruits, a bowl of Sangria was found at every party from Cadiz to London.
Over the centuries Sangria maintained its popularity. It is relatively easy to make and is the perfect summer drink. The fresh fruit and your choice of your favorite red wines chill overnight to create a refreshing punch. These harmonious flavors create a drink completely unique to you and are ideal for any summertime fiesta.