How to Make Sangria

Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor restaurant in New York City, demonstrates how to prepare Sangria.

Released on 11/11/2008

Credits

Starring: Eben Freeman

Transcript

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(electronic ambient music)
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Hi, this is Eben Freeman at Tailor Restaurant
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in New York City.
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Sangria, very popular when you go out to dinner,
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very popular at parties, making pitchers,
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but you also can make an individual portion of it
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that's pretty easy, because really,
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you just need to build it in your glass.
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Just start off with a wine glass.
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You just wanna put a small base of spirit in it,
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so just a half an ounce of brandy.
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A Spanish brandy makes sense, and also is a flavor profile
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that I think works better in this.
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You're also just gonna put what I call
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a scant half an ounce, meaning just
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below the top of your jigger,
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of Cointreau or triple sec in.
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Then a little bit of fresh orange juice.
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I like to put a whole ounce in this,
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with a glass this large.
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I also like to put just a dash of lemon juice in there.
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And that's really your base that you can change
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as much as you want.
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You really can use different citrus juices.
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You don't have to put the brandy in.
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This can be much simpler, much more complicated,
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however you like it, really.
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Then you just wanna fill your glass with ice
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and add some red wine.
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Again, it depends on the size of your glass,
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but this is gonna end up being
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about 3 1/2 ounces of red wine.
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Then just give it a little stir,
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incorporate all those ingredients,
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put a little bit more ice in there,
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and then just brighten it up, just a touch of soda.
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Not so much that you dilute it,
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just to brighten it up a little bit.
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Give it another gentle stir, then a traditional garnish,
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if you have them around, would be to put some apples
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and some oranges in there.
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Sangria isn't something that you have to make
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in a whole pitcher.
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You can make individual batches at home as well.
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And, again, sangria is really just sort of a base
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on which you can really expand your ideas.
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There's a lot of different variables.
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If you don't have the brandy,
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if you don't have the Cointreau, really you don't need 'em,
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or the soda water.
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Just some juice and a little bit of wine, some ice.
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You don't have to have the fruit, either.
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So you can make any variations you like, really,
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with a wine base.
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