Test Kitchen: Cinco de Mayo Sangria Results

May 6th, 2013 | by Lynn Lieu | Comments


Happy belated Cinco de Mayo everyone!

Not sure what y’all did this weekend, but my Cinco de Mayo celebration was a bit mellow yesterday spent at home with a trio of sangria and homemade fries (because I had a lot of spare potatoes and felt like making some).

Anyway, the sangria test project came out better than expected.

beer sangria Beer Sangria
Hangar 24 Orange Wheat

The beer sangria ended up cloudy and for some reason caused the fruit to sink. It was a light sangria verging on watery, and in my opinion could use a little more brandy for that nice bite that sangria usually has. In other words, this could end up being a very dangerous drink.
White Sangria
Beringer Chardonnay

The white sangria poured beautifully but tasted a bit too strong. The brandy was overpowering in this one, otherwise the wine itself wasn’t too sweet or too dry. It would have been better with perhaps only one shot of brandy.
white sangria
red sangria Red Sangria
Beringer Cabernet  Sauvignon

The red sangria poured a dark burgundy and gave off a strong wine (read: alcoholic) fragrance. The brandy in this batch was just right but overall drink was a tad dark and heavy, probably not best paired with something fried (like fries).
Red and White Sangria
Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay

Mixing the red and white sangria simply balanced the red sangria. It lighted up the body but left little of the white wine flavor.
red and white sangria

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