NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY
Across the nation each year on December 20th, National Sangria Day recognizes a wine and fresh fruit combination that brings a fresh celebration to the table.
Sangria is a beverage made with wine and sweetened with fresh fruit and fruit juices. Other ingredients can include herbs, spices, carbonation, and liquor. The combinations are endless, giving sangria a place in the cocktail rotation year-round. Refreshing and light during hot summer months, bright and sparkling during the winter ones, this fruity punch is quite versatile.
Sangria made with white wine is called Sangria Blanca.
Use fresh fruit in season for the best flavors. Once mixed, sangria should be chilled and the fruits allowed to marinate for a few hours or overnight. When making sangria, if you use 100% juice, you’ll gain the maximum benefits, too. Eating the fruit versus all the sweet cakes and pies over the holidays will be healthier. Get the benefits of red wine, but drink in moderation and sangria will be worth all the celebration.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY
Include sangria with your holiday celebrations. Add flavors that compliment your meals and bring sparkle to your evenings. Hostesses may offer more than one sangria to please the many palates of our guests, too. With so many recipes, it’s easy to please. Don’t hesitate to sample a few ahead of time. We offer a few different recipes to try. Share your favorites this holiday season. And then be sure to find more for the rest of next year, too!
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NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY HISTORY
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Q. Is the fruit in sangria edible?
A. Yes. The fruit not only adds flavor to sangria, but the wine adds flavor to the fruit. So eat it up!
Q. Is sangria served with ice?
A. No. Sangria should be chilled overnight before serving.
Q. Can sangria be frozen?
A. Yes. Whether you’re freezing the sangria to prepare ahead of a big event or if you’re saving the leftovers for later, just place the sangria in a freezer-safe bag and store it in the freezer.