When the temperature hit 80 degrees F last week, my thoughts turned to summery drinks. Perfect timing for this red wine single serve sangria. Sure, you can double or triple the recipe if you’re having a romantic evening or have invited guests over. You could even make a huge pitcher for a big group.
But if you’re in the mood and the weather cooperates, don’t feel obligated to make more than this single glass for your own enjoyment.
I was inspired to try this fruity wine drink by my Secret Recipe partner for April, Sarah, of Things I Make for Dinner. Sarah, a Canadian, says her hobbies are cooking, travel, and sleeping. I had to laugh at that description; it takes self-confidence to tell the world that you love to sleep. I’ll bet she has wonderful dreams.
If you aren’t familiar with the Secret Recipe Club, here’s how it works. We each get randomly assigned another blogger, whose site we check out and introduce to our own readers. Then we pick a recipe from that site to make, or to use as inspiration.
My favorite part of Sarah’s blog is her magazine challenge. After realizing that she had 5 years worth of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food and hadn’t used the magazines to make many recipes, Sarah began her recipe challenge. Since 2013 she has posted a list of the recipes in each issue of that magazine, with links to the recipes she has made and blogged about.
Reading her recaps has tempted me to try Vietnamese steak sandwiches (also known as Banh Mi), pork tenderloin with rosemary, and coffee cake muffins. But when it came time to pick a recipe to blog about, I chose one of her own, pineapple sangria.
Sarah’s recipe makes a huge pitcher of sangria. My first idea was to simply cut down her recipe to make a single glass. However, as I began to pull together the ingredients, instead I decided to provide a template. My red wine single serve sangria has only one required ingredient, the wine. All the rest of the ingredients are choices within categories; fruit juices, fruit, and a sparkling component. If too many options or open-ended directions make you crazy, just follow the specifics of what I used.
Tips for Making Red Wine Single Serve Sangria
- Choose a wine that goes well with fruit. I tend to like lighter reds, but a medium-bodied red such as Merlot works too. This post has an interesting list of possibilities. The wine need not be expensive, just drinkable.
- The flavors of wine and fruit need time to meld together and the drink is best when it is well-chilled. If you can plan ahead, put the wine and fruit elements together in the morning for drinking at night.
- Use a variety of fruits. Colorful bits of fruit look divine floating in the sangria. Pineapple tastes great; just keep in mind that pineapple bits take on the red tint of the wine.
- For a sweeter sangria, use pineapple, apricot, or similarly sweet juices, or mix one of them half-and-half with orange juice. A medium-sized navel orange yields about 2 tablespoons of juice, half of the required juice component. Some sangria recipes include sugar, but I prefer one like Sarah’s that relies on the fruit for sweetness.
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Red Wine Single Serve Sangria
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/4 cup fruit juice E.g. orange, pineapple, or similar sweet - not lemon or lime)
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup thinly sliced or small pieces of fruit E.g. orange, apple, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple
- 1/2 cup seltzer sparkling water, club soda or lightly sweetened soda
Add the fruit juices and the sliced and/or chopped fruit to the red wine. Refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour, preferably longer.
Just before serving, add the sparkling component.