Sangria has its origins in Spain and Portugal. Sangria is a delicious blend of wine mixed with fruits and spices. Red wine is typically used and sometimes additional items like orange juice and brandy are added. Sangria is an extremely versatile party beverage. Its sweet and fruity flavors are as welcome during the holidays as at a 4th of July party. Not only are the flavors always welcome, but most sangria can be made with a low cost wine. This makes for a delicious and economical drink for a crowd.
There are seemingly never-ending recipes available for sangria. In fact, I have several friends that tout their specific recipe as the absolute best. I think that truly it can be pretty hard to actually mess up sangria. It’s so forgiving anyone can through together some yummy fruit combinations and have a perfectly good sangria.
Add some orange slices and cinnamon sticks and the family Christmas gathering is complete, or use in season berries for a summer picnic treat. Almost everyone loves good sangria, so filling up a large punch bowl is the perfect idea for an easy party self-serve drink station.
When it comes to preserving left over sangria, it seems that there may be some debate over freezing wine. Will the flavors be preserved or will it just not taste right?
Can You Freeze Sangria?
Sangria is wine based and not only can it be frozen, but there are recipes specifically for frozen, blended sangria. Talk about a refreshing summer treat!!
How To Freeze Sangria
Follow these steps to freeze sangria for later use.
- Place a large (2 gallon) freezer bag inside of another freezer bag. This will ensure that the sangria is well protected and prevent accidental leakage.
- Add the sangria wine to the freezer bags. Do this carefully and in your sink just in case.
- You can add extra ingredients at this point of you prefer. An unflavored, carbonated soda will give the sangria some fizz. Other ideas are frozen concentrated orange juice or limeade. This step is to your preference only.
- Zip the freezer bags tightly shut while expelling as much air as possible.
- Place the freezer bags in the freezer.
These steps can be followed using left over sangria as well as making a new batch for future use. If you are freezing left over sangria, it is best to strain out the fruit before freezing.
How To Thaw Sangria
When you’re ready to use the sangria, simply remove from the freezer and place in the refrigerator. You can use the sangria while it is still slushy for a frozen variety, or allow it to completely thaw for traditional sangria. Add fresh, cut up fruit when it has thawed to the level you desire and serve. Enjoy!!