Jaljeera mixed with the goodness of Red wine Sangria is what makes up this tangy, boozy, fizzy refreshing summer cocktail! Super easy to make this is recipe gives an Indian twist to classic Red wine Sangria!
The intricacies of Red wine fascinates me! You have to choose it wisely, smell it, taste it, decant it and most importantly pair it properly with only select few things that truly compliments it. I am still on the path to demystifying red wine, but I promise am learning!
Like this cocktail that was invented out of the sheer desperation of not trying the basic red wine sangria recipes and steady determination to give a Desi twist to it!
I think I can also pat my back for using the Jaljeera powder in the most fun way possible in this cocktail. The tangy kick that comes from the Jaljeera powder takes this drink to a different level!
What is Jaljeera?
Jaljeera? For all of you who are wondering what’s that, Jaljeera is a refreshing Indian Summer drink popularly known for it’s tangy flavour and rejuvenating and digestive properties. Jaljeera is made of two words, ‘Jal’ meaning and ‘Jeera’ meaning cumin in Hindi language. It’s traditionally a non-alcoholic drink made with the goodness of Jaljeera powder, mint, lemon, coriander mixed in water. However what better than to give this an alcoholic twist by adding it to on of my all time favourite cocktails – Red wine Sangria!
How do you make red wine Sangria?
Sangria is a sparkly,fruity drink with a refreshing kick, the more the fruits the merrier. There are thousands of versions of Red wine Sangria available on the internet. I am no expert but traditionally Red wine Sangria comprises of the following ingredients :
Good Red wine (Offcourse!)
Fruits (Chopped apples, oranges, berries, pineapple, lime etc)
Hard alcohol like Brandy, Gin or Rum (I prefer brandy anyday!)
Sweetener of your choice (I am not a fan of adding refined sugar to anything and have skipped this in my recipe)
If you want to make it fizzy, you can add sparkling water or soda to it right at the end and some ice cubes for chiling it.
So let’s get going! Make this boozy, fizzy, refreshing, tangy drink with the desi twist of Jaljeera powder and get your weekends rolling.
You know what goes well with Wine? Yes! Right – Cheese! They are like a match made in heaven! You could try my low carb gluten free keto cheddar crisps 2 ways recipe OR keto/ low carb broccoli cottage cheese balls and it will pair so well this amazing new world Sangria.
Jaljeera mixed with the goodness of Red wine Sangria is what makes up this tangy refreshing summer cocktail! Super easy to make this recipe gives an Indian twist to classic Red wine Sangria!
- 1.5 tbsp Jaljeera powder
- 750 ml Red wine (1 bottle)
- 1/3 cup brandy
- 3 oranges ( 1 cut in round slices and 2 oranges sqeezed into fresh orange juice)
- 1/2 apple ( Cored, finely chopped into small pieces with skin on)
- 4 sprigs mint leaves (optional)
- 8-10 pieces ice cubes (optional)
- soda/ sparkling water (optional for topping)
In a pitcher, add freshly squeezed orange juice and brandy and mix well.
Add the round orange slices, mint leaves and finely chopped apples into a pitcher and squash them a little using a wooden spoon.
Gently pour the Red wine into the pitcher and add Jaljeera powder and give all the ingredients a very slow stir.
You can let this drink chill in refrigerator for 1-2 hours to let the fruits infuse it's sweetness into the drink.
Finally just before serving add ice cubes and/or top it with some sparkling water/soda and sprinkle few more sprigs of mint leaves. Serve it chilled.
- If you prefer your red wine sangria sweet, you can optionally add brown sugar or organic sugar to the drink as well.
- You can also increase the quantity of brandy to suit your taste and add sweetness to the drink.
- DO NOT stir the drink too much as it disturbs the red wine flavour.
- Leaving the drink to settle down and chilling the drink in refrigerator helps the fruits to infuse the flavours well and increase the sweetness of the drink.