Happy Hour Tuesday my friends!
A glass of wine is always a good cure to a long, hard day at work. It’s cozy, warm and it keeps the doctor away! However, wine, especially if it’s a dry red wine, is good not only by itself but if mixed with the right ingredients it becomes an exuberant drink to transform every night into a celebration! Spanish know that very well, as they came up with a mix of wine, fruit, and a sweetener like brandy in a drink that everyone knows as Sangria, which derives from the Spanish sangre, blood, as the color of it originally is due to the tint of red wine (although we find also the Sangria Blanca, made with white wine).
Just like many other drinks Sangria goes way back. It’s difficult to estimate a date, but for sure Spain has been growing vineyards since back in 200 BC when the Roman Empire introduced the art of wine-making. Some historians speculate that Andalusia, a Southern Spanish region, was where Sangria originated because of the availability of citrus. One thing is sure: that in 1964 Sangria became popular overseas thanks to the World’s Fair in New York.
Sangria has many variations. Limoncello Sangria uses Rometti Limoncello as sweetener instead than brandy, with the result of an intensified sweet citrusy taste complimentary to the dryness of red wine, such as merlot. You can enjoy Limoncello Sangria as is, but we believe that it’s even better if you add some chopped fruit!
2 oz Dry Red Wine (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec…)
1 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Rometti Limoncello
Mix the wine with the orange juice and Rometti Limoncello, Add chopped fruit like oranges, apples, berries.