Tropical Fruit Sangria: Less Wine… MORE RUM!
I’m sitting here right now, sipping on some fragrant tropical sangria, and I’m about to tell you all how to make it…
This sangria recipe is a little different as it’s a little more ‘punchy’ than traditional sangria and it goes down much better with those not too keen on the wine.
Using less wine and a tad more liqueur than your regular sangria, this recipe packs an alcoholic kick but also plenty of flavour from both the liqueurs and the fresh fruit used.
I find that the best method to good sangria is to mix the alcohol, then add the sugar, then mix in the non-alcoholic (fruit juices) components and finally the addition of fresh fruit. I then like to refrigerate the mix for a few hours before serving (alternatively you could just add some ice if you’re pressed for time – although this will dilute the mix over time)…
The recipe I used for Todays sangria punch and how to make it:
- Kumala Colombard Chardonnay Wine – 150ml
- Brugal Anejo Rum – 75ml
- Crème d Mure – 30ml
- Orange Liqueur – 30ml
- Innocent Tropical Juice – 550ml
- Selection of exotic/soft berry fruits/ citrus
- Strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, melon, pineapple, citrus fruits.
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
1) Prepare the fruit:
- Citrus: sliced
- Soft fruit/orchard fruits: wedges/halved/quartered
- Berries: hulled & halved
- Other (Melon, pineapple etc): Chunks
2) Pour into the mixing bowl the alcohol, juice and sugar…
3) Stir until the sugar dissolves in the mixture.
4) Drop in the fruit and refrigerate for between 2-12 hours (the longer you leave it the more alcohol the fruit takes up).
This recipe is rather fruity, more so than I expected, which is mostly due to the use of tropical juice (I was originally going to go for an Orange base juice – but chose this to better match the wines flavours). The best fruit is usually whatever is in season. I added some melon chunks (ready prepared) to add both texture and a little more exotic flavour.
This is best enjoyed on a warm summers evening, with large ice cubes (slower dilution) or in a well-chilled glass. It’s easy to make and provides a nice little drink to end your day with.