National Sangria Day
Celebrated annually every December 20th, the National Sangria Day celebrates the dazzling combination of wine and freshly cut fruits that suit any palate this holiday season! Coming in different versions, Sangria is loved by people for the sparkling and refreshing drink it is. There is more to Sangria than just wine and fruits, let’s see why?!
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Why Sangria Day?
The term ‘Sangria’ is derived from the Portuguese word ‘Sangre’ meaning ‘blood’ referring to the dark color of the drink. This classic drink is believed to have originated in Spain and Portugal with the ancient Romans consuming fermented drinks or adding a dash of alcohol to make water drinkable and safe. It was also common to add spices and sugar to their wine to enrich its flavor.
This practice was prevalent also because grapes grew well in the Spanish weather and their wine punches were referred to as ‘Sangria’ by the locals. Sangria is traditionally prepared using the signature red wine across Europe, but it can also be prepared using white wine called ‘Sangria Blanco’.
The traditional sangria uses freshly cut fruits to sweeten the wine along with some spices.
Today there are different versions of Sangria across the world. With different ingredients and combinations give rise to different flavors. You can enjoy your Sangria with different spices, wines, alcohols, or carbonated water too with a dash of sugar or laced with honey! Leave the freshly cut fruits to marinate in the wine punch for a few hours or overnight to enjoy its authentic flavor. With wine’s many health benefits and the dash of fruits, Sangria packs a healthy punch when enjoyed in moderation!
Thus, Sangria is a versatile drink as it can be altered to suit different food and occasions. In summer you can enjoy it as a chilling drink and in the winter it’s a perfect choice to warm you indoors! The National Sangria Day celebrates this traditional drink that once quenched Roman’s thirst and it remains one of the popular drinks for any celebration!
How Can We Observe National Sangria Day?
- Enjoy ‘Sangria’ today!
Simply celebrate the day by having ‘Sangria’ instead of any other beverage today!
- Try the different versions of ‘Sangria’
Enjoy some ‘Sangria’ adventure with friends today! Hit the nearest bar to explore the different versions of Sangria.
- Include ‘Sangria’ to your Christmas dinner menu!
Add ‘Sangria’ to the table this Christmas dinner! With many things to take care of while hosting a dinner the many versions of ‘Sangria’ are a savior to suit your different guests.
- Create your version of ‘Sangria’!
Not satisfied with the existing versions of ‘Sangria’? Put on your creative cap and find what combination excites you! If you love it and want everyone to try your recipe, post it on your blog or other social media platforms to share it with the world!
- Have a ‘Sangria’ tasting party!
You may also celebrate the day by throwing a ‘Sangria’ tasting party! Invite friends and family to cherish this historical wine punch and your relationships.
- Show your love for ‘Sangria’ on social media!
Celebrate the day by sharing about ‘Sangria’ with friends and family on social media and encourage them to join in the celebrations too! Use #NationalSangriaDay and #SangriaDay to share on social media today!
Interesting Facts About National Sangria Day:
Here are some interesting facts to add an extra punch to your Sangria Day celebrations!
- ‘Sangria’ is derived from the Portuguese term for blood – ‘Sangre’
- Originally, ‘Sangria’ was prepared using the ‘Rioja wine’. But in recent years, any dry red wine can be used in making the ‘Sangria’!
- Since 2014, you cannot use the label ‘Sangria’ unless it’s sold in Spain and Portugal. If it is made anywhere else, it needs to be called with the state name. For example – you must call a Sangria sold in Germany as the ‘German Sangria’.
- Alberto Heras introduced ‘Sangria’ to America during a world’s fair in 1964 in New York City.
- Adam Carolla, a comedian by profession, created ‘Mangria’ as one of the versions of ‘Sangria’! He used three parts of red wine and one part of orange juice and vodka respectively to create it!
- Until 2008, the state of Virginia had declared the serving of Sangria as illegal as it violated the law that did not allow the wine to be mixed or beer to be mixed with spirits. Violators could be charged with hefty fines and nearly a year in jail.
History Of National Sangria Day:
The founder and the origin of this versatile drink day remain unknown to our research. The National Sangria Day is celebrated as a fun drink holiday across the US.