I have been making some iced tea recipes from our Summer gift box this week as they are so easy and delicious that I can’t resist! Today we are sipping on the Iced Tea Sangria – after work of course! It’s so fruity and refreshing you can drink it all afternoon if you like – the tea goes surprisingly well with the wine, it tastes like the sangria you get while on holiday in the Mediterranean, only with a more… robust and full-bodied taste. The red wine and black tea both contain tannins, which are naturally occurring compounds found in certain foods and drinks that lend a somewhat bitter, almost ‘dry’ astringent taste. The lemonade and fruits cut through this natural bitterness, making for a well-balanced and refreshing beverage. Note: I did not add the brandy, as I am not a huge brandy fan, but this makes the drink a bit less boozy, perfect if you want to have a few and not fall asleep! If you don’t like brandy but still want to add a little more kick to your sangria, you can substitute another liquor like rum, triple sec, Grand Marnier, or Cointreau.
As you can see, I have added quite the selection of fruit here – lemon, apple, peach, and watermelon. It seems like quite a lot of fruit but it really adds to the flavour and summery feel of this drink so I would not advise skipping it, but you can add whatever fruits you have to hand. You can use frozen fruit, so don’t worry if you don’t have a whole cornucopia of fresh fruits to hand! Just about any juicy fruits will do – I would advise making sure you add a kind of citrus fruit, like orange or lemon, as this will add a fresh zingy taste to your sangria. Note: a lot of traditional sangria recipes include sugar, simple syrup or even orange juice to sweeten it. I have not added these as I sweetened the black tea.
Of course you do need a lot of ice – rather than adding it to the jug when you first mix it, leave it until you serve the sangria so it doesn’t dilute it too much. Having said that, be generous with the ice when you do use it, this is a refreshing drink for hot afternoons and warm summer nights, so it is best when chilled as much as possible. Another great thing about this sangria recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and leave it in the fridge overnight if you are having a party or gathering – this will allow the flavours to fully mingle together, ensuring you get that classic sangria taste. Pair this sangria with some Spanish style tapas dishes like patatas bravas, stuffed peppers, cheeses, olives and cold cuts for an easy, relaxed summer party or get together.
Have you made any iced tea creations lately? Share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram @varieteas_uk!