I am, to a fault, a wine purest and don’t add anything to my wine, no ice, no sugar no fruit and certainly (not since my Fraternity days) don’t pour two wines in the same glass. The days of pouring a gallon of Gallo Hearty Burgundy, a pint of Hawaiian Punch concentrate, four (each) Seven-up and Ginger ale into a wash tub with a block of ice (dry Ice if it was Halloween) , sliced fruit and lord knows how many pints of what-ever hard liquor anybody brought to the party have long since passed. I am sure this (or something similar) went by many names, but for those that don’t know it by another name, back in the day this concoction was known in my circles as a “Hairy Buffalo” , because the next morning your mouth tasted like you had eaten a buffalo, hide and all. Ah, those were the days. Right, not so much from my current perch.
Well it is summer, and heat is upon us so somehow warm red wine may not fill the bill. We always have a nice Sauvignon Blanc or Chablis, or Chenin Blanc chilled to perfection (37 to 40 degrees F). But wait, how about a nice bottle of Sangria (over my dead body) that nobody really know what it contains. If we want to do Sangria, let do it right just like the Spanish did. I happen to have a recipe handed down through generations of my family ( say what! Minto’s Scottish). Somehow a Spaniard must have slipped in. In any case this is a recipe for authentic (unadulterated) Sangria. Before I actually get to the recipe, I need to clarify that it calls for a Rioja, but getting a nice Rioja in the USA at a price you would waste on creating Sangria is not easy so I substitute any cheap red wine (sometimes white – Anything but Chardonnay – if I have fresh berries or peaches). If you pay more that $6.00 you have gone to up scale.
Now for the Recipe:
Make a simple syrup:
Boil 2 cusp water
Add 2 cups bakers sugar (fine but not powdered)
Stir until melted and pour half into two quart mason jars.
Make it into Sangria Syrup:
Cut one large Orange, Lemon and Lime and add half to each jar.
Let the liquid cool to room Temp and put them in the Frig.
Create the Sangria:
fill a Kool-aide style (glass) pitcher half full of ice cubes, add 3/4 cup of the simple syrup, add a half dozen of the citrus slices from the jars, and fresh fruit (apples, peaches, pears, oranges, berries, etc.) to the pitcher. Pour in a single bottle of wine (red or dry white). Chill until ready to serve.
Fill 12 to 16 oz. tumblers, with ices and some fruit pieces from the pitcher and then fill with Sangria mixture. it is ready to drink – Enjoy.
Some like to add a couple of shots of brandy or dark rum to the mixture, but I am a purist and drink mine just as the Spaniards have for centuries.
The Simple Syrup will keep in the Frig for the whole summer, though it seldom makes it.
Also I have been known to make a batch without the ice and fruit, have a glass and pour the rest back in the wine bottle, cap it, refrigerate it and drink it over a period of days (up to a week) by just pouring it in a wine glass with or without ice and fruit( no frills).
I really like using a Cab as my base, but a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, or while blend really work well. If you want it fruity, try it with the Zinfandel.
If you substitute a garnish bag filled with equal parts, whole clove, allspice, broken cinnamon sticks (add star anise if your brave) for all the citrus but the Orange, the syrup makes a great base for hot mulled wine. Simply omit the ice part, heat the wine, pour into mugs with an unbroken Cinnamon stick and you have a nice mulled wine to take the chill off winter evenings.
Great recipes, Robert! Thank you. Reading it a bit late, as summer is almost over, but we have some more warm days coming. And I have some peaches and blueberries.
I’ve never cared for “adulterated” wines either, but I will keep this recipe on file. So glad to see you posting again. You disappeared for awhile!
I’ve been giving my brain a rest, making sawdust in my shop. The times are very stressful and honestly, working with my hands lets me feel I have a little control over something creative in a world where I have so little over matters far more important. Our Presidential choices, senseless killing, terrorism and economic instability (say BREXIT) give us all cause to pause and reflect. So I am doing just that, but I’ll be back after the dust (in the shop) settles.
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I’m experiencing similar difficulties, Robert. I often wonder if this is how thinking people felt in the years during which Hitler and his ilk rose to power, with his adoring masses screaming for blood. Will the world say no this time?
I for one will be on the ramparts if it the world doesn’t. I am old enough that I sacrifice little, but the insanity has got to stop. I am progressive by background and choice, but not since the rise of Hitler have we seen such a huge chasm between the Military Industrial Complex and the working poor in this world. That statement makes no distinction as to race, credo or gender orientation. We are a family of man as breathing bleeding human beings that are being pitted against moneyed and corporate interests to a degree that I have not seen in my lifetime. Set that against a scenario where we have more militarily trained disenfranchised individuals on the streets with ready access to assault weapons and the chemistry is not favorable for a peaceful result. Pray for peace and keep positive thoughts, it is all we can do.
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Agree with you completely. Praying for peace isn’t bringing the peace so many of us crave yet, but I won’t stop asking for it, of whatever form God may take and of my sister and fellow human beings.
I love sangria, but have never made a fantastic one. I will have to give this a try.
As you say, there are times (35C and dripping wet humid) when red just won’t do. Sangria is the answer.
“Hairy Buffalo” made me laugh. I have woken up feeling as though a sewer rat slept in my mouth.
I know that sewer rat. He used to live at my Frat house in the 1960’s.
Mmmm, lovely, I shall return to this Sangria recipe when I’m home in Cyprus during August…it calls for a terrace, friends and a sultry evening…… In Dubai I only have friends and air-conditioning !
Trust me it works just fine with Friends and Air-Conditioning. (-:)