How Long Does Sangria Last
If you are a regularly frequent summertime backyard picnics and bars, then you may have heard of or even tasted the summertime staple called sangria. This alcoholic beverage has its origin proudly routed in Spain. But it is also a popular drink in the US. When it comes to making the right sangria for your summertime treat, the ingredients can vary from individual to individual. Popular ingredients include pineapples, apples, peaches, strawberries, and citrus. However, there are still thousands of questions that pour in about this summertime treat. The most asked question is ‘how long does sangria last?’. In this article, we will not only answer this question, but we will also provide you with crucial information that you need to know about sangria.
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What Is Sangria?
First things first. Let’s get to know exactly what sangria is. As mentioned earlier, sangria is an alcoholic drink that is originally from Spain. It is usually made by mixing red wine with various types of fruits to make a punch. Other notable additions to the punch are spirits and other ingredients. Sangrias are mostly served in drinking bars and cuisines in Spain. However, this tradition is gaining popularity across the United States Of America. The word sangria is Spanish, and it can be translated literally as “bloodletting.” Aside from Spain, the drink also has some historical roots in England and Greece. As the popularity of the drink continued to grow across Europe and America, people began to add other ingredients and flavors to it to suit individual preferences. The alcoholic content was also given various tweaks, depending on who is preparing it.
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How Long Does Sangria Last?
Okay, so we are back to our main question, how long does sangria last? But, in order to answer this, we have first to provide an answer for a different question – does sangria go bad? The simple answer is yes, sangria does go bad. When it comes to its preparation, it is recommended that you allow your wine and fruit-based cocktail to sit in the refrigerator for about 12 hours to 24 hours. During this period, the fruits will have enough time to soak up the wine while they infuse their different flavors into the wine. This will give your sangria a richer taste when it comes to flavor. As long as the sangria stays chilled in the refrigerator, it is fine to serve. However, it will begin to lose its freshness after sitting in the refrigerator for more than five days.
Storing Sangria: Can You Freeze Sangria?
So, how long is sangria good for? As mentioned earlier, sangria is best consumed before the sixth day of storing it in the refrigerator. However, there are other ways of storing sangria to keep it fresh for a longer period of time. Just like any other red wine, how long your sangria will last depends a lot on how much air it is exposed to. This is because exposure to air is generally responsible for quickening the breaking down of the wine and, thus, making it go bad. Thus, if you want to store your sangria for longer periods of time, then you need to make sure that it is not exposed to air. Normally, simply covering the opening of your wine with a plastic wrap is enough to do the trick. However, if you are planning to keep your sangria for longer than a couple of days, then it is best to store the drink into containers that have caps that can be screwed on airtight. If you are only planning to store your leftover drink overnight, simply keeping it in the refrigerator is enough as the souring process will be slowed down by the cold air in the refrigerator.
It is time to learn how to prepare a simple glass of sangria at home in case you have no idea how to make one for yourself. All you need is a bottle of any red wine of your choice, some sparkling water, sugar dissolved in water, and any type of fruit of your choice. You will also need a mixing bowl or a punch bowl and something to stir your mixture with. First, empty out your bottle of red wine into the mixing bowl. You can use as many bottles as you prefer. Next, add your cup of sugar dissolved in water. To make sure that you the best taste, add 0.75 cups of sugar dissolved in water to five bottles of red wine. Once done, add your sliced choice fruits. Again, you can use any fruits of your choice, and as many as you want. The important thing is to cut them into slices before adding them. If you intend to serve your drink immediately after preparing it, go ahead and add your sparkling water. Again, the ratio here is six ounces of sparkling water to five bottles of red wine. If you want to store your punch in a refrigerator overnight (which is highly recommended), then wait till you are ready to serve before adding the sparkling water.
Here are a few tips to carry at your fingertips to help enhance your sangria experience.
- Soda or sparkling water helps to add some brightness and fizz to your glass of sangria. However, always ensure only to add them when you are serving as they can flatten the taste of your wine after some time.
- Before you store your leftover glass of sangria in the refrigerator, always add a couple more slices of fresh fruits. This will help keep it its flavor rich for the following day.
- Some fruits, such as bananas and melons, should only be added to the sangria when you are about to serve. When sliced banana is left in the drink for too long (even if it is stored in a refrigerator), it loses its color and freshness. Melons will turn mushy when left in the drink for too long.
- You can also freeze your leftover sangria if you intend to store it for more than two days.
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In conclusion, sangria can last for about five days in your refrigerator. After this period, it will begin to lose its freshness as the wine begins to taste sour. This does not make it undrinkable; it only makes it lose its freshness. If you want to make your sangria stay fresh for longer periods of time, you can store it in an airtight container or keep it in the freezer.
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