Sangria Was Never Meant To Be This Good

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Historically speaking, it really wasn't.  When the Romans invaded Spain 2000 years ago, it was similar to a modern tourist going to Mexico.

Beautiful Country, Great People - Don't drink the water.

So they didn't. They planted (or rather forced the newly conquered Spanish) to plant vineyards. It made an arguably bad red wine - but it was safe to drink. To hide the flavor of this "sangre" (meaning blood - as in blood red wine) they would add fruits, herbs, anything.

So 2000ish years ago Sangria was invented by invading Romans who didn't want to get the Spanish version of Montezuma's Revenge.

Millenia later, this traditional drink of Spain evolved into the wonderful bright fruity cocktail it is today. It is truly a Spanish (or perhaps Roman) drink - and not a Mexican Drink. But hey, who knew it would go so well with Mexican food? So now Sangria is associated with everything Spanish and all things Latino. The Romans may not have conquered the world - but somehow, Sangria did.

Well done.

This is a mix and stir recipe. It's often good to make a few hours in advance to let the flavors meld together in fruity bliss... Make sure you squeeze fresh oranges and lemons - no bottled stuff here, por favor.

An important note is for the sliced lemons and oranges that you float in the Sangria. Roll them with moderate pressure using the palm of your hand before slicing.  This opens up the oils in the rind that will then more easily infuse the mix. A small thing to do - but with dramatic results.

Item Amount
Main Ingredients:
Zinfandel, Red 1 Bottle 
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice 1 3/4 cup 
Fresh Lemon Juice¼ cup
Sugar2 TBS
Orange, thinly sliced 1 each 
Lemon, thinly Slice1 each
Garnish and Serve:
Ice to serve cold
Additional orange slices garnish

Tips: You're probably going to make a lot of this. So plan on making a few batches.