Sangria

Sangria

By
From
Lisbon
Serves
10
Photographer
Steven Joyce

Sangria is just as common in Portugal as it is in Spain and is especially easy to find during Lisbon’s famous Festas Populaires, the combined saints days and summer solstice celebrations that take place every year. During the festas, sardines are grilled on barbecues set out on the streets, and pop-up bars serve beers and paper cups full of fruit and red sangria.

Most of the sangria I drank in Portugal (for research purposes, of course) was made with sweet lemonade or orange soda, rather than the more old-school soda water. If you prefer soda water, simply replace the orange or lemonade with 450 ml soda water instead. I’m not sure how traditional it is to add orange liqueur, but it is really delicious.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
750ml fruity, sweet red wine
750ml good-quality sparkling orange or cloudy lemonade
200ml brandy
100ml cointreau or other orange liqueur
1 orange, washed and cut into half moons
1 lemon, washed and cut into half moons
ice cubes, to serve

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients together, apart from the ice, in a large jug or punch bowl. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  2. When ready to serve, fill a glass with ice and pour the chilled sangria on top.
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