Sangria is a light, refreshing way to enjoy wine, especially as the weather warms up, but too often the fruity drink ends up sickly-sweet and cloying. That's why I love the idea of using fresh-squeezed fruit, vegetable and herb juices, which complement the wine without overpowering it. And you don't necessarily need a juicer: The Chalkboard has some inspiring ideas for spring sangria combinations using fresh-pressed bottled juices.
Juicing is currently a huge trend here in Los Angeles, so it isn't difficult to find good-quality fresh bottled juices from companies like Pressed Juicery — which runs The Chalkboard — or juice bars that will press your juice to order. If you don't own a juicer, look for fresh-squeezed bottled juices at health food stores or Whole Foods.
The Chalkboard pairs apple-lemon-ginger juice with crisp Cava, strawberry-apple-lime with dry rosé, and pineapple-green-apple-mint with an herbaceous Spanish white. When coming up with your own concoctions, look for wines with similar or complementary flavors or aromatics to the main components of the juice.
• Check it out: Instant Gratification: Perfect Sangria Pairings with Pressed Juicery at The Chalkboard
Do you have any ideas for fresh sangria flavor combinations?
Related: Sippin' On Summery Sangria
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