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Sangria for the hot summer

Here are five places in the city where you can cool it off by sipping on the favourite Spanish delight — Sangria

india Updated: May 11, 2012 01:29 IST
Debasmita Ghosh

Looking for that one drink that can relieve you off your stress on a hot summer afternoon? Try the Spanish summer punch — sangria.

Making wine from grapes and berries has been a common practice in most households in Spain since decades. One would find long stretches of picturesque vineyards spread across the country. While Spanish red wine is popular worldwide, locals have been giving their own twist to it by adding spices and fresh fruits to create fun concoctions.

The most popular of them is sangria or chilled red wine, served with chopped peach, orange, lime, apple, pineapple, grapes or melon. Soothing on the palate with the freshness of seasonal fruits, sangria is the perfect drink to refresh you on a weary summer afternoon. And if you are fond of white wine, you can also go for sparkling white wine sangria or Sangria Blanco that tastes equally exciting.

Here is our selection of five places in the Capital where you can go and soothe your senses with this Spanish delight. We also have a recipe for you to create your own sangria with your favourite wine and fruits, and delight your guests.

Ice spice
WHERE: Hinglish, Ground Floor, Pacific Mall,
Subhash Nagar
PRICE: R275 (plus tax)
If you want to choose from a variety of options for sangria, pay a visit to this European cafe with a desi twist. Especially introduced for the summer, you can try the red wine sangria with ginger ale and orange juice that gives it a pleasant sweet note. Light and fruity, it’s perfect to beat the heat. And, if you are looking for more fun, the food and beverage trainer of the outlet, Abhishek Thakur, recommends a spicy version that comes with a bit of soda, tabasco and jalapenos! Yes, you heard it right; and it’s worth a try.

Sugar-free treat
WHERE: Olive Beach, Hotel Diplomat, Sardar Patel Road, Chanakyapuri
PRICE: R495 (plus tax)
Sipping sangria by the beach is like the ultimate luxury of a vacation. Though you wouldn’t find a beach in Delhi, you can still get a Mediterranean experience at this restaurant that serves sangria without any artificial sweetener. “We use naturally sweet fruits, which when soaked overnight and mixed with the wine, lends a pleasing flavour. Balancing the drink is very important, and we use the right measure, even when we make it in bulk,” says beverage manager Nishant Kumar Gaurav.

Fun unlimited
WHERE: Sevilla, The Claridges, 12 Aurangzeb Road
PRICE: R1,930 (For unlimited tapas and sangria)
If you want to savour sangria the most authentic way, then this is the place to be, as the restaurant has started special unlimited tapas and sangria evenings, this month onwards. So, even as you bite into fried doughnuts of fish served with canarian mojo, squid rings, and fried potatoes sprinkled with smoked paprika salt from their open kitchen, soothe your palate with the freshly made red wine sangria, which is served with chopped peaches, lime and apple. Your evening will surely be well spent.

Some fruity notes
WHERE: Shiro, Hotel Samrat, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri
PRICE: R550 (plus tax)
Choosing which wine goes into your sangria is given the most importance at this place that serves both red and white wine sangria. “Wines traditionally made with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are the best picks for a red wine sangria due to their sweetness and body texture,” says Diptikant Swain, the bartender at Shiro who handpicks the bottle of wine for making the drink. “A white wine sangria, made with Chenin blanc or a Sauvignon Blanc, tastes best due to its fruity notes like passion fruit and green apples,” adds Swain.

Spanish sojourn
WHERE: Out of The Box, 5 Khan Market
PRICE: R450 (plus tax)
For an instant mood lift, you can head to Out of The Box to be wooed by the peppy interiors, as well as their sparkling white wine sangria, which is available around the year with seasonal fruits. “The fruits lend a dash of freshness to the drink. It’s one of the most refreshing drink to have during the summer,” says bar manager Jeet Singh. “Of late, the drink is becoming popular even among those who are not too much into drinking wines,” he adds. Packed with natural fruity flavours, the white wine sangria doesn’t let you down. And those of you, who may not be avid wine drinkers, may also fall in love with this refreshing drink.

MAKE RED WINE SANGRIA AT HOME
Ingredients
150ml red wine
10ml triple sec
20ml orange juice
20ml pineapple
Red apple and strawberry chunks

Method
Infuse the red wine with triple sec, orange and pineapple juice for 24 hours. Serve it with red apple and strawberry chunks. Garnish with fresh strawberry and red apple chunks.