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Sangria is a wine punch typical of Spain and Portugal. It normally consists of a light, dry, young, acidic, unoaked, inexpensive red wine (usually Spanish Rioja), chopped or sliced fruit (orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape or mango), a sweetener (honey, sugar, simple syrup, orange juice, and/or fruit nectar) and a small amount of added brandy and triple sec, or other spirits. Sometimes, Seltzer, Sprite or 7up and ice may be added.

This delicious and refreshing fruit-based wine represents a perfect accompaniment to many Catalan dishes, being also very easy to prepare.

Sangria is served throughout Spain and Portugal during summer, and in the southern and eastern parts of the countries year-round. In these places it is a popular drink among tourists at bars, pubs and restaurants where it is often served in 1-liter pitchers or other containers large enough to hold a bottle of wine plus the added ingredients. A lid or other strainer for the container helps prevent the fruit and ice cubes from falling into the glass. Among the Spanish and Portuguese, sangria is most typically served at informal social gatherings, much like punch, from a punchbowl. Sangria is often served with a wooden spoon, used to get fruit out of the bottom of the punchbowl or pitcher. This wine is also commonly served in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Chile and Argentina, and at Mexican and Argentine restaurants.

Bottled sangria can be bought in some countries. In the parlance of EU administrators, such products are referred to as "aromatised wines". Sangria has become popular in the UK, with several supermarkets stocking it during summer months.

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References

Sangria, en.wikipedia.org

Quick and Easy Sangria Recipes, wine.about.com

Do you need a Sangria Recipe?, www.spain-recipes.com

How To Make A Flavourable Sangria Recipe, www.alicante-spain.com