Sangria is an alcoholic beverage primarily found in Portugal and Spain, but there is more to this popular drink than meets the eye.
What is Sangria?
Sangria is an alcoholic punch, primarily made from red wine with chopped fruits for flavor. The origins of this drink are Spanish and Portuguese, and this beverages is typically served over ice in the summertime. Most people consider sangria a beverage that is good for your health when consumed in moderation since it contains alcohol. Although red wine is the common base, white wine is also used in some areas. Other recipes call for mixing in orange juice or brandy for additional flavor. When it comes to taste, sangria is a sweet and fruity beverage, but its health benefits will depend on what fruits are mixed in and the content of alcohol used.
In terms of nutrition, sangria is a rich source of certain antioxidants and vitamin C that are present in red wine, such as resveratrol. Typically, a 4-ounce serving of sangria will contain approximately 120 calories. Depending on what other liqueurs or fruits are added, in addition to sugar, the overall nutritional benefits may change. When made with lemon-lime soda or white wine, it tends to have fewer calories.
- Increasing antioxidant levels in the body, which prevent chronic diseases and cancer
- Lowering inflammation in the body, including that which causes arthritis, gout, and gastrointestinal problems
- Preventing hearing loss
- Protecting vision health due to antioxidants
- Promoting cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure
- Strengthening the immune system due to antibacterial effects
How to Make?
While this drink is widely available throughout the world at various bars and restaurants, it is also quite easy to make at home.
- Step 1: Leaving the peels on, slice up two apples and two oranges and add them to a pitcher
- Step 2: Add 1/2 cup of brandy to the fruit, as well as 1/4 cup of an orange liqueur
- Step 3: Add one bottle of red wine to the pitcher
- Step 4: Mix the liquor, wine, and fruit thoroughly
- Step 5: Cover the container and refrigerate for four hours, or overnight
- Step 6: Serve chilled over ice
Considering that sangria uses red wine as a base, moderation should always be practiced when drinking this beverage. When sangria is drunk in excess, it can result in a number of side effects, including the following:
Furthermore, due to the high sugar content in certain juices, liqueurs, and fruit, some sangria recipes are not recommended for diabetics or people who are at high risk of developing this condition.