Labor Day may have signified the end of summer for some people, but, for me, I know there's still plenty of time left to enjoy these final weeks before it's officially Autumn. One quintessential aspect of summer is definitely sangria, and the people over at Beso Del Sol were kind enough to send me a huge box to sample! Now, before some of you gasp in horror at the prospect of drinking boxed wine, I have to say, this is actually one of the better wines that I've tried within the $20 price range—admittedly, I'm not picky when it comes to wine, typically, when someone pours me a glass, I drink it. That being said, I do know what I like, and having tried quite a few sangrias over the years, this one definitely ranks highly in my books.One thing to note, is that Beso Del Sol claims their product is the first premium sangria made from 100% natural ingredients sold bag-in-box in the USA. The benefit of the packaging is that the product will stay fresh after opening for up to six weeks—and, considering that the container holds the equivalent of four bottles of wine (3L), you may need that long to finish it, if you're just sipping on it like I did for the first couple of days after opening. The taste (minus extra fruit) is actually really wonderful; the sangria itself is nice and balanced, I didn't find it overly sweet or overly dry at all. It was just right. For that reason, I think it's the perfect base for adding sweet or tart fruit, because the flavors will really come through; but, it's also great chilled, over ice. Lastly, the sangria is extremely smooth, while consisting of 8.5% alcohol—basically, you're going to be sangria wasted, and you won't even know it.
Overall, I have to say, this is a really great product—it is on par with other Tempranillo sangrias I've tasted. I really enjoyed the balance of flavors, and convenience of the packaging, as you can see, I made a huge batch of sangria, plus I had several glasses to taste prior, and I STILL have wine left over. You guys have no idea how excited I am to have sangria on hand for the next couple of weeks! Check out the Beso Del Sol for more information!
For my sangria, I used this Five Ingredient Sangria recipe from The Minimalist Baker! I usually just cut up whatever fruit I have on hand, because, really, sangria can consist of just about anything you want! I loved that her recipe called for pineapple, and interestingly, orange juice! I've never made a sangria with OJ before, but, adding it definitely gave it a nice sweetness, along with a punched up citrus flavor! Check out the recipe:
- 1 bottle red Spanish wine
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 pineapple, chopped (roughly 1 cup)
- 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds and then halved
- 1/2 pear, cubed
- Slice fruit and drop into a large pitcher.
- Add orange juice, then wine and stir.
- Refrigerate until serving - 4-6 hours would be ideal so the flavors can mingle. Drink within 1-2 days.
*Products featured in this post were sent to me for review, but, all opinions expressed are my own.