Last April, I stayed in Spain for one month. Although I stayed in many cities, Madrid was impressive. I had the opportunity to visit museums, meet friends and learn about their culture.

In Madrid my favorite local hangout was the district known as “La Latina”. Packed with a zillion people, it was obvious they enjoy each other’s company all night. Although Spaniards stay out with friends and/or family until at least 3 a.m., I observed that they don’t text or surf the web. Thus, they practice the true art of “socializing” – this is something that we Americans need to recapture.


Since the Spanish evenings were warm, I got used to drinking Sangria – the perfect cooler.
I’ve been making this recipe since I returned from Spain. I hope you will enjoy it all summer!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Makes: One pitcher (serves 8)

1 bottle (750 ml) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or other favorite dry red wine
2 cups club soda
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup Rum
1/4 cup Tequila
3 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar or 100% Agave nectar (light golden)
Ice cubes (to put in each glass before pouring the Sangria)
1 orange, cut into 1/4-inch thick circles
1 lime, cut into 1/4-inch thick circles
1 lemon, cut into 1/4-inch thick circles


1. In a large pitcher, pour combine the wine, club soda, orange juice, Rum, Tequila and sugar or Agave nectar.

2. Stir well until sugar is dissolved.

3. Place 3 to 4 ice cubes in each glass.

4. Pour Sangria into each glass.

5. Add a slice each of orange, lime and lemon to each glass. Serve immediately.

Note: Adjust liquor, juice and sugar levels, according to taste.

Text and All Photographs ©2014 Nancy DeLucia Real