For all of us trivia lovers, sangria (most commonly a red wine punch) comes from Spain, but was first introduced to the United States in 1964 during the World’s Fair in New York. While sangria is a refreshing drink in the summer, it’s a fun and festive cocktail in the winter. Bring on the festive!
After polling my friends about their recommendations for the best sangria in Austin, and a little bit of personal research, a few friends and I braved the streets of Austin to taste a few top picks. All of this is in honor of today — National Sangria Day.
So grab your girlfriends (and a ride) or plan a special date night and try a few (or all!) of these fabulous sangria in Austin offerings. Olé!
- Jack Allen’s Kitchen (Jack’s Famous Pomegranate Sangria, $4 brunch special)
- El Alma Cafe y Cantina (Jacked Sangria)
- Maiko’s (Sake-sangria)
- Gloria’s Latin Cuisine
- Takoba (Sangria blanca)
- El Dorado
- Tiny Boxwoods
After sampling a few (or all!) of these sangrias, you’ll know what you prefer in your sangria. Experiment and make your own! There are really no rules. Start with a recipe and find what you like. I lived in Madrid for a year in college and watched my Spanish “mom” make sangria for a party (an absolute staple). Here’s the authentic Spanish recipe she used:
- Equal parts red wine (a Rioja is good, but the cheaper the better) and Sprite (or similar)
- Splash (or more) of brandy or your favorite liquor
- In season fruits (diced), and apples, oranges, lemons (sliced)
- Sugar (more than you think you’ll want) and cinnamon (to taste)
- Marinate at least a few hours before serving
If all goes well, you can invest in a traditional sangria pitcher (it has a pinched lip so that the fruit doesn’t plop into your glass and make a splash).
As Blake Shelton sings, here’s to your lips tasting like sangria! If an American country music artist is singing about this drink, I’d say it’s gone pretty mainstream.
Enjoy #NationalSangriaDay and hey, it counts as fruit salad.