How to make basic Blue or Purple or Pink Sangria - Choose your Colour
Sangria is an alcoholic beverage of Spanish and Portuguese origin. A punch, the sangria traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit, often with other ingredients such as orange juice or brandy. This favourite drink delivers some serious party punch with a squeeze of fresh citrus and your favourite budget-friendly wine. The beauty of the basic sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy. Also, sangria only gets better as you spice it up with your own tasty additions. It really is hard to add the "wrong" ingredient here, so think of your favourite fruits, spice, and liquors to add. Chill and enjoy!
For the crowd-pleasing basic sangria recipe, you'll need a bottle of red or white wine. For this recipe to blend with our Blue Butterfly Powder we will keep to white wine. Feel free to keep it under $10, since we are going for the juice in general and not trying to draw out specific character components in the wine itself. The recipe also requires a medium-sized orange and a large lemon. To finish it off, just add a touch of sugar, a bit of brandy, and some ginger ale. While you can serve sangria right away, it is always going to be better if you allow the flavours mellow together overnight. This really is the secret to making a great sangria, no matter which recipe you use.
750 ml bottle of white (we used Sauvignon Blanc)
1 to 2 teaspoon of Blue Butterfly Pea Powder (or to your desired colour)
2 lemon (cut into wedges)
3 oranges (cut into wedges)
2 tablespoons sugar (if required)
1 1/2 ounces brandy or whiskey (Optional - in this recipe we did not use any)
2 cups ginger ale
750 ml lemonade
(1) Pour wine in the pitcher and stir in the Blue Butterfly Powder until dissolve
(2) Stir in a little at a time to monitor or to your desired colour
(3) Squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine.
(4) Toss in the fruit wedges (try to remove seeds first, if possible)
(5) Add sugar and brandy.
(6) Chill overnight to marry the flavours.
(7) Add ginger ale or chilled lemonade just before serving.
(8) If you'd like to serve it right away, use chilled white wine and serve over lots of ice.
CHOOSE YOUR SANGRIA WINE
For a Pink or Purple Sangria we definitely have to use white wine as we haven't tried marrying red + blue powder = yet!
A white wine sangria gives you many options to choose from and it's hard to choose a wine that doesn't work. A few of the favourite styles for this recipe include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Albarino, Viognier, and Pinot Gris. There's also no need to spend a lot of money on the wine and sangrias are the perfect excuse to pick up a cheaper bottle. There's so much going on in the punch that it will cover up any less than desirable qualities in the wine. Who knows, your sangria experiments may even introduce you to a new favourite that you enjoy drinking on its own. There are many great tasting and inexpensive wines available today, so feel free to be frugal.
MAKE SANGRIA YOUR OWN
Almost every aspect of this white wine sangria can be adapted to fit your taste, which ingredients you have in stock and the fruits of the season. Have fun and use this recipe as a foundation to build a completely different sangria for every occasion.
Purple Sangria - so cool
CHOOSE YOUR FRUIT The citrus fruits included in the recipe are essential to creating a basic sangria. However, you can add to the flavour with any of variety of fruits. Go to your local produce markets, choose the best seasibak fruits, and have fun with different combinations. You can use apples, strawberries, watermelons to mangoes. Mangoes are yum! But and we think the colour combi is hmmm... a bit fun!
And if you happen into North Queensland during the mango season - please - watch out for the poor drunken birds that often turn up on the roadside, unable to fly. As the mangoes ripen in the hot summer sun and drop to the ground birds see them as a favourite snack, but as we all know rotting sugar based fruit can produce a mild alcohol which impairs the birds ability to fly and in some cases even walk...RBT (Random Bird Testing) is on the rise in FNQ.
ADD SOME BOOZE
Many Sangria recipes include a small amount of liquor along with the wine. In this recipe we did not add any booze (someone has to hold the camera) but should you require a punch, brandy or whiskey is recommended as an option and this is an excellent way to add to the flavour.
You can also pour a shot or two of gin or rum into your sangria and a fruit-flavoured vodka like pear or strawberry would be fun as well. Just make sure that you don't add too much liquor or your guests may get a little happier than they'd like or expect.
(1) To make Pink Sangria - add more lemons (not lemonade juice as it has been diluted and sugar added) and use less Blue Butterfly Powder
(2) To make Purple Sangria - its the reverse add a little more Blue Butterfly Powder and less lemons.
Blue Sangria - hmmm.... for that to happen, we have to remove all citrus fruits and wine (acid) - acid will change the pH of the Blue Butterfly Powder or Butterfly Pea colour - which indicates that it is safe and natural. Have a cup of Blue Tea instead - look here so gorgeous.....
A cup of good Blue Tea ...ahhhh.......
Or try this "Butterfly Pina Colada" infused with 6-7 chunks pineapples with 1/2 teaspoon Blue Butterfly Pea powder, of course.
Add limes plus 50 ml curacao or rum or bacardi
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon coconut cream.
50ml fresh pineapple juice.
Blend it and serve in either a tall/short glass.
To garnish: A pineapple triangle or cubes of pineapples.
Pina Colada infused with Butterfly Pea Powder @my.blue.tea