This brilliantly mixed preparation of Masala Sangria will genuinely make your Christmas time merry. And if you prefer, you can make this citrusy cocktail at any given time to energize your taste buds. Ideally, this is a great holiday drink that will leave a high expectation when you’ll try the next cocktail. And the main reason behind its contentment is the perfectly balanced ingredients that spice it up. Let’s look at some of the facts behind the drink before discussing how to make Masala Sangria Christmas drink.
Why a Christmas cocktail?
Ensuring a happy time seems unlikely without having a glass of liquor in hand, especially when it’s a Christmas night. Thus, we present you with a new creation called the Masala Sangria recipe. With just one sip of this goodness, you will be hooked to have more and more. The recipe is unimaginably easy and takes a mere 5 to 10 minutes. It’s filled with citrus fruits, fruity wine and a hint of spice, so there’s nothing you can do wrong with it.
What’s a Sangria cocktail
For the wine enthusiast, Sangria is heaven on the glass as it is a universally loved fruit “punch.” You can use any seasonal fruit as well as a variety of different wines in the Masala Sangria. And a drink made with the following Sangria recipe mix is bound to be more festive than the common six-pack.
The origin of Sangria drink
Before modern times, water in Spain was full of bacteria and not healthy to consume at all. But people soon found out that mixing alcohol in the water kills these bacteria. So they soon start to make their preferred beverages by using this method. And because during the Roman invasion, Spanish citizens planted grapes all over their land. In Spain, people started to add all kinds of seasonal fruit to their drink, which resulted in making Sangria. People from Portugal began to mix spices with their Sangria as well, and that is how we got this new and improved Masala Sangria recipe.
Which spices are used in the drink?
The name will go to waste without adding a dash of spice or masala to the Masala Sangria. That’s why Sangria’s name was given after mixing a blend of Santy special homemade spicy syrup. The blend consists of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise, little orange zest, and spiced honey. These spices are selected to balance the natural taste of the wine. For example, the sweet and spicy hint of cinnamon goes better with the sour taste. The mild flavour of star anise and spiced honey brings the whole Masala Sangria drink recipe together.
Apart from flavouring this delightful beverage, these spices are packed with nutritional properties…
- Honey is the best antioxidant agent and aids in losing weight. Honey also makes skin healthy when applied directly or consumed regularly.
- Cardamom is filled with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in controlling high blood sugar, cholesterol etc.
- Clove has several medicinal properties such as it can prevent cancer, improve liver function, regulates blood sugar etc.
- Star anise is the best spice to consume in the cold as it cures cough and flu. Along with it, this spice aids early ageing too.
- Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spice available. It helps to lower visceral fat, improves heart’s health, lower high blood sugar level etc.
The best wine to accompany this holiday drink
Wines like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir indeed bring out the holiday feeling to this Masala Sangria cocktail.
Pinot noir will be the best wine to make the Masala Sangria drink recipe as it is a light-bodied red wine. It also has the most delicious and natural fragrance that comes from the spices included in the drink. Try to get your hands on Dugat py Chapelle Chambertin 2018 as it has the perfect aftertaste to prolong the experience of your sipping.
Cognac De Apricot is another type of fruity wine that glides very smoothly. To enhance the taste of all the included fruits, this rosy alcohol will be perfect.
Besides these two excellent selections, you can also use pineau des Charentes lherald perle rose or guy lheraud Apricot au. These two alcoholic drinks are very smooth as these made with exotic fruit extracts. You can use these separately or at the same time in a small amount.
Exotic fruits that complement the Masala Sangria drink recipe best
Picking fruits to match the taste of the base wine is crucial. French grapes will go with this cocktail recipe the best as all the above wine selection is French-made. Choose fruits to match the wine notes to enhances its natural flavours. Other than that, these fruits can be used in all types of Sangrias.
Because there are too many zingy flavours involved, you’ll need some form of sweeteners to balance the Masala Sangria drink recipe. And for that, you can use sugar or specially spiced honey with agave essence.
Food to pair with Masala Sangria recipe
When it comes to Masala Sangria, you cannot fully enjoy it without a side dish. As we all know, you drink wine with all your senses. So, to tease your taste buds even more, try preparing these dishes alongside.
- Grilled chicken
- Grilled red meat
- Grilled T-bone
- Charred vegetables
- Roasted peanuts
- Roasted mushrooms
- Cottage cheese
- Egg salad sandwiches
- Spicy beef curry
- Rogan josh
- Seafood platter
- Well marinated deli meats
- Tandoori chicken
- Chicken kebab
- Tangri kebab
- Harabhara kebab
- Chicken Shammi kebab
- Kakori kebab
Best time to take a sip of this exotic drink
Before progressing to how to make Masala Sangria drink, let’s give you a brief about the best time of the day to sip up the booze. Because it’s a holiday drink, any festive season is an excellent time to prepare it and consume it. Or you can use it as a digestive drink as several digestive spices are included in it. Make this Masala Sangria for your beach party, summer holidays or whenever you’re feeling down.
Selected ingredients spices to make Santy special homemade honey nector
- Organic honey -500 ml
- Orange zest – 05 nos
- Cinnamon stick – 4 pcs
- Star anise – 2 pcs
- Cardamon – 5 pcs
- Cloves – 10 pcs
- Still water – 500 ml
Steps of making homemade honey nector for Sangria
First, add all the above ingredients into a saucepan and then boil it on low to medium flame. If the mixture starts to boil, simmer it quickly. Cooking it in a high flame will reduce the flavour and increase bitterness. Once the syrup is cooled down, you can store it in the freezer for a couple of months. This sweet and sour nector can be paired with several beverages. For example- toddy, any cocktail, fruit tea, any sour flavoured cocktail, tikki style cocktail, flavour punch etc.
Proportional Ingredients to make Masala Sangria
- One standard strawberry cut into slices
- Half orange cut into slices
- A handful of organic blueberry
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice – 20ml
- One whole lime cut into a wheel shape
- Santy special homemade honey nector- 20 ml
- guy lheraud, Apricot au cognac – 20 ml
- Dugat py Chapelle Chambertin 2018, pinot noir (can be replaced with any pinot noir from burgundy
- Soda or Ginger ale (optional)- 20 ml
- Pinot noir- 120 ml
- Pineau des Charentes lherald perle rose- 20 ml
- Leopold gourmel cognac age du fruit,20 years- 20 ml
The perfect method to ace the making process
- Unlike other cocktails, this one needs to be handled with care. So stir the mixture gently.
- Use Burgundy glass for providing a superior presentation.
- You will only need ice cubes for it.
- After it’s made, garnish it with either star anise or a long cinnamon stick.
How to make Masala Sangria drink like a pro
Now let’s look at the proper instructions of how to make Masala Sangria drink. Always remember, any bartender follows their heart to make any cocktail as well as their knowledge. It would help if you did it too. Wash your hand before making the Masala Sangria recipe to follow WHO’s recommendation. Then gently cut half an orange and a strawberry into thin slices. Cut
through a lime into a wheel shape, get rid of the seeds. Rinse a handful of blueberries and set it aside.
Now bring out a burgundy glass and fill in the ice cubes along with all the ingredients except Ginger ale and Pinot noir. Now gently stir the ingredients, then add our favourite Pinot noir wine, Dugat py Chapelle Chambertin 2018 from burgundy. Afterwards, add the ginger ale to get its raw taste at first. Now finish it off by garnishing the drink with a cinnamon stick or a cute little star anise.
Added tips for enjoying masala sangria to the fullest
Before enjoying the Masala Sangria, we need to make some sustainable changes in bartending to not to harm nature for our pleasure. For example, throw away all the plastic straws, use paper ones or, better yet, metal straws. Now forget about all your worries and take a pleasant sip of the masterpiece you have created. Make sure to take subtle sips like a gentleman to enjoy any cocktail to its full potential. Only then, the flavour of the drink will please you fully.