Summertime Sangria |

Summertime Sangria

As we progress further into the summer season, drinks to refresh and relax are on our minds. The drink on my mind right now is Sangria.

Sangria is made with wine and has deep roots in the Spanish culture. But they owe thanks to the Romans for planting vineyards throughout the country. I have a personal journey with this beverage as I lived vicariously through two of my children who studied at the Universidad de Madrid for a year while attending the University of California, Santa Barbara. Their first experience with Sangria came at the beginning of studies while at first in Cadiz. The instructions began at noon on the beaches drinking pitchers of Sangria while conversing with the locals. Study well spent?

Wine was an important beverage in the early start of civilization because water was not safe to drink in most parts of the world. Hence, wine and all of its variations. One of those being Sangria, as locals grew fresh fruit and added it to make this refreshing concoction.

Sangria is generally created from red wine, clarets mostly, but you can make them from any type to fit your pleasure and taste. Blend it with brandy, soda and fruit of choice. It is best to chill overnight.

Here is our simple, yet refreshing recipe for Sangria:

1 bottle red wine

8 oz. brandy

12 oz. soda

3 oranges sliced

3 lemons slices

2 limes slices

6 strawberries sliced

Blend, chill overnight, serve over ice with an orange slice.

Come on out to our free music on the 10th tee this Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. and try one!

David Smith is the Food and Beverage Director at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.

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