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Snooth User: Stephen Harvey


Posted by Stephen Harvey, Feb 20, 2017.

Favourite Daughter has set a Spanish theme for her 21st

Does anyone have a view of the perfect Sangria recipe


Reply by dmcker, Feb 20, 2017.

What fruit is in season where you are right now? And how are you planning to serve, to how many people?

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 20, 2017.

Most citrus stone fruit and pineapples

About 100 and in  jars

Reply by dmcker, Feb 20, 2017.

If you're looking for excuses to spend more money on the event, you can always swap out those jars for Porrons.

Easy sharing, and conducive to competitions at distance drinking. I've been in some pretty raucous parties at homes and restaurants in Catalonia and elsewhere in Spain with the things. Apparently George Orwell wasn't a fan but they liven things greatly and are perfect for Sangria. Wouldn't recommend wearing white shirts when using the things, though...  ;-(

Hmmm, the site's not letting me post a photo of one in action. For the time being you can go here to see some porron images.



Regarding the recipe, I'd go with two different versions, one white and one red. Sangria is generally thought to be Spanish but you can find fresh fruit in jugs of wine all over the Mediterranean in the summertime. I really like ripe peaches in a refreshing white like Falanghina in southern Italy. Translate that to even Kiwi pinot grigios if you must. Sparkling works, too. Ripe stone fruit, first choice peaches, then apricots and nectarines before plums, I would think. Skinned, with cuts down to the stone, or possibly halved off the stone, whichever way you prefer. Only one variety of fruit, but lots of it, in each pitcher works fine.

Red is where you need to get creative. Garnacha and others work in Spain, and I don't know why that special Oz concoction, sparkling shiraz, wouldn't work in your neck of the woods. I don't do any sugar addition but try to balance citrus against a heavier load of stone fruit. Don't want it too acidic, and want the sweetness from the fruit, not any sweetener.

Have always had a tradition of a dress-rehearsal event for any Sangria party anywhere from a day to a week before the event. That's when we hammer out the recipe details--and usually get hammered in the process, too... ;-)

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 20, 2017.

D - thanks for the advice

I found some a reasonably cheap temp blend from Rioja - might go with  Oranges as plenty around and nice and sweet at the moment and throw in either plums or peaches

I presume a generous dash of brandy with either ginger ale or soda water [thoughts?]

Reply by dmcker, Feb 21, 2017.

I don't turn Sangria into party punch with the soda water and ginger ale and brandy or other hard stuff (like 151 Bacardi), but hey, you'll be the one doing the cleanup, I presume, so your decision. ;-(  In my little corner of the world Sangria is wine and Party Punch is an entirely different animal....

There's some rather decent tempranillo, depending on the shipment, that goes for $3 or $4/750 bottle in Tokyo which I've used, too.  For that matter box wines have also served the purpose...  ;-)

Reply by GregT, Feb 22, 2017.

Stephen - this is too difficult.

What does the least favorite daughter like?  Please say it's rum and Coke.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 22, 2017.

Well Favourite and least favourite daughter are one in the same

well she actually loves champagne and Pinot but this is for 110 of her friends so they will get Sangria to start it will have some orange juice to go wth the oranges, Lemons, Limes and cinnamon and soda water to go with wine and we will do a white one with peaches, pineapple and mint

Lots of beer and cider

yes D we will make a punch

we have a selection of ok but not expensive Pinot gris, sav blanc and shiraz

and plenty of water

A DJ, a half tennis court and probably much chaos

My sanity will be tested

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 26, 2017.

Well favourite Daughters 21st went with out too much trouble

The Sangria was made more on the punch side of the definitiion


Cheap Grenache/Temp blend from Rioja [$7/bottle] + Brandy + castor sugar + cinnamon + lemonade with Oranges, Lemons, Limes and apple

Was a big hit and got the party off and running


Very Cheap Dry White Wine - bit of everything Blend with Vodka, Dry Ginger Ale, Pineapple and Peaches, topped with Pineapple and Peach juice

Went well with the Girls

We later made it far more punch like with no fruit but for either the cheap sparkling Punch with vodka and lemonade was very popular

WIne wise 

Pinot Gris from Brancott [Pernod Ricard] was most popular followed by Sav Blanc from Stoneleigh [Pernod Ricard] Jacobs Creek Reserve SHiraz [Pernod Ricard] and Jacobs Creek Reserve Sparkling [Pernod Ricard]

You may notice a slight bias to Pernod but for supplying 100 21ish year olds Pernod produce some excellent wine at the $8-12 price point

My wife and her sisters, my sister and assorted female friends managed to consume 20 Bottles of Mumm NV + 1 Perrier Jouet NV

Me once I got speeches out of the way had a littel of each of

2012 Penfolds Bin 389 Cab/SHiraz Blend

2010 Lawsons Padtheway Shiraz

2012 D'Arenberg The Dead Arm SHiraz - McLaren Vale

2013 St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra

2012 Wynns Black Label Cab Sav Coonawarra

2012 Saltrams No 1 SHiraz Barossa Valley

2008 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

and possibly a few others but by 3.30am it was a bit fuzzy



Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 26, 2017.

Reply by dmcker, Feb 27, 2017.

Were you able to wrangle an industry discount, Steven? And is that you with the worried look halfway down the string?  ;-)

Looks like lots of people undoubtedly were feeling no pain while enjoying themselves immensely. Nice engineering...

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 27, 2017.

No that is my Sons future father in law 

Yes we were able to do a good deal 

And yes a great night

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