I've always been either a cocktail person or a complete wine drinker. And of course rum too! But my wine drinking however always put me in the spot. It's strange how when someone always orders a glass of wine, they could be perceived as a pretentious elitist or a poser (and I did get that for a while!), but, if they were to substitute that glass of wine with a glass (or pitcher) of sangria they are seen as a refreshing person with a strong zest for life and immense fun to be around with. I mean a basic sangria just has a few chopped up fruits in them. How does fruit make you more fun? I still stick to my "boring old" wine ways mostly, but every now and then, I do order a pitcher of sangria when I'm out with my friends. Or better yet, dad makes a concoction of his own.
Most sangrias don't call for anything more than wine and your choice of fruit and is very easy to do. A few nicer ones might have a dash of syrup or a spirit or even a spice like cinnamon for a more refined taste. Mine has quite a few eye-raising ingredients and is packed with quite a punch.
- Red Wine (we used Turning Point's Shiraz Cabernet)
- Guava (the fruit)
- Guava syrup
- Tabasco sauce
Step by step process
- Add chopped up guava and a shot of guava crush with a shot of vodka and muddle.
- Pour wine (approximately for 2)
- Add half a shot of Cointreau and a few drops of Tabasco sauce
- Shake/stir ingredients and conduct a taste test. Add more wine if necessary. For more spice, add few more drops of Tabasco
- Add chopped up guava into glasses and pour