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Sangria is a wine-based punch that originated in Spain. The traditional recipe calls for red wine, fruit, sugar, and brandy, but there are many variations.
Sangria recipes first appeared in print in the 18th century, but the drink is thought to be much older. The name Sangria comes from the Spanish word for blood, which is fitting because of the drink's deep red color.
Sangria became popular in the United States in the 1960s, when Spanish wines were first imported in large quantities. American bartenders began experimenting with the drink, and soon there were many different versions of Sangria.
When making red sangria, it is important to use a good quality Spanish red wine, such as a Rioja or a Ribera del Duero. Be sure to also use fresh seasonal fruits, such as oranges, lemons, apples, and berries. To give the sangria a bit of sweetness, add a bit of simple syrup or honey before adding any spirits or additional liqueurs. Finally, don't forget to let the sangria chill for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to develop. Enjoy!
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