Originating in Spain, Sangria is a refreshing and fruity cocktail popular for summer gatherings and perfect for sipping on a hot day. Its name comes from the Spanish word “sangre,” meaning blood, due to the deep red color of the drink. The traditional recipe includes red wine, chopped fruit, brandy, and a sweetener, often served with ice and sparkling water. Our Eva Longoria inspired Sangria uses traditional ingredients but swaps sparkling water for club soda.
The actress’s 2023 CNN show Searching for Mexico showcased the food and culture of six diverse regions in the southern country, with the aim to illustrate Mexico’s multifaceted offerings beyond the cliche tacos and tequila. She inspired us to dive deeper into time-honored Mexican cuisine.
Eva Longoria Inspired Sangria Recipe
1 bottle red wine, preferably a Spanish Rioja
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup Cointreau
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp sugar
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 apple, sliced
1 cup club soda
- In a large pitcher, combine the red wine, brandy, Cointreau, orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the sliced orange, lemon, and apple to the pitcher. Gently stir to combine.
- Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld together.
- When ready to serve, give the sangria a good stir. Taste and adjust the sweetness if needed by adding more sugar.
- Serve the sangria in glasses filled with ice cubes and top each glass with a splash of club soda.
Recipe by Gabe Gomez / Photography by Dave Bryce / Cocktail by Sarah Cascone / Styling by Anna Calabrese
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