Rainbow Sangria gives a whole new name to refreshing. This drink has an assortment of fruits that give that delightful and extra refreshing kick. It is also aesthetically pleasing with all the different colors. It is so easy to put together and very inexpensive to make. If needed it could also be made in bulk as a punch style drink. With all the different flavors this drink gives off, it’s hard not to love.
History and Background
Sangria was originally from Spain, but became popular in the United States after it was first tasted at the World’s Fair in New York City in 1964. It was based off the popular red wine punch from the 1700s and 1800s called Claret. Wine has always been a drink that is very popular to drink because water was not always drinkable. Alcohol killed all the bacteria in the drink, and made it one of the only safe drinks at the time. Wine tended to have a bitter taste, so adding spices and fruits to the drink gave the wine a more unique and desirable taste.
Sangria has traditionally been known as a red wine drink, and was made with Rioja and other Spanish reds. Adding fruit and brandy to the drink was done to make the drink have a little bit more of a sweeter taste. Nowadays Sangria is typically created from red wine, fruit juices, soda water, fruit, and sometimes brandy.
Ingredients for One Serving
- 1 cup of a white wine of your choice (preferably a sweeter wine)
- ½ cup of club soda
- 1 shot of brandy (any brand will work)
- A tablespoon of honey
- Assortment of fruits (strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, and grapes)
Cut your assortment of fruits into medium sized pieces. Next, lace the cup with a tablespoon of honey. Place the fruit in color order starting with strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew, grapes, kiwi, blackberries, and then end with blueberries. In a separate pitcher, mix together your wine, club soda, and brandy until it is all blended together. Once the liquid mixture is complete, pour it into the cup slowly until the cup is full. Garnish with a strawberry to complete the drink.
Contributed by H. Hedlund and T. Scriven