National Sangria Day Date in the current year: December 20, 2016

National Sangria Day The National Sangria Day is celebrated on December 20. It is somewhat ironic as sangria is a fruity wine punch usually drank as a refreshing beverage.

Sangria is named after the Spanish word “sangre” which means blood. It is understandable as sangria is usually made with read wine and thus has deep red color. Sangria originated in Spain and Portugal where it is typically served during summer months. It has also become popular in Britain and the United States where it is sold by many supermarkets.

Sangria is made with wine, chopped fruit and/or berries, and a sweetener (sugar, syrup, or honey). A small amount of brandy may also be added. Sometimes sangria is diluted with soda water, soft drinks, or orange juice. Chopped fruit can include (but are not limited to) apple, lemon, orange, lime, peach, nectarine, grape, pineapple, melon, mango, and kiwifruit. This beverage is chilled before serving.

The variation of sangria made with white wine instead of red is known as sangria blanca. Sometimes mulled wine is used to provide a richer taste. A non-alcoholic version of the drink also exists.

Although sangria is a typical summer drink, the National Sangria Day is observed in December. Consider it a perfect occasion to reminisce about summer.

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