Brazilian Sangria Recipe

Brazilian Sangria
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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

This Brazilian sangria recipe is one that will knock your socks off. It is filled with the fruit of your liking, a bit of cachaça, brandy, red wine and—here's the kicker—absinthe. For all the sangria recipes out there, this happens to be one of the most creative and tasting it is definitely an experience.

The recipe comes from Lucid Absinthe Supérieure and it definitely takes an entirely different approach to sangria. It's made by the glass rather than a punch bowl and the red wine is used as a float rather than the main ingredient. It also prefers Brazil's cachaça over other styles of rum, though it pairs that with Spanish brandy, so you get both liquors in one drink where it's typically one or the other.

Fruit does play a major role here, as it does in all sangrias, but it's left up to you as to which to include. Have fun with this aspect and find the freshest or most exotic fruit in the produce section that you can at the moment. You really cannot go wrong and each time you mix up this drink you'll be treated to a whole new taste.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup seasonal fruit (fresh)
  • 1/2 ounce absinthe (Lucid)
  • 1 1/4 ounces cachaça
  • 1/2 ounce brandy (Spanish)
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce red wine

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, thoroughly muddle the fruit with the absinthe, cachaça, brandy, and orange liqueur.

  3. Pour everything (including the ice) into a wine glass.

  4. Float red wine on top of the cocktail by slowly pouring it over the back of a bar spoon.

  5. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • Customarily, the advice is to serve shaken cocktails with fresh ice because the agitation breaks down the ice and causes it to melt faster in the glass. Follow this advice for the least amount of dilution, but try it using the recipe's recommended approach as well. The extra water can help marry the drink's distinct flavors.
  • For the fruit, have fun with unique combinations of strawberry, lime, orange, kiwi, passion fruit, or whatever catches your eye at the market. Cut it up so it's easier to muddle and don't worry too much about getting exactly 1/2 cup. For instance, add one sliced strawberry with a lime wedge and a few cubes of passion fruit.
  • The most common Spanish brandy is Brandy de Jerez. It is differentiated from other brandies primarily in its production, including the soleras system that moves portions of the brandy to other barrels while aging and the use of former bourbon barrels that have also housed sherry. While this gives it a distinct flavor and it is an excellent choice, at just 1/2 ounce pour, any brandy will do just fine in this sangria.

How Strong Is a Brazilian Sangria?

There is a lot of liquor in this sangria, which means it will not be a light drink. Adding everything up, you can expect its alcohol content to fall in the 28 percent ABV (56 proof) range. To put that into perspective, it's over twice that of the average sangria's strength.