Nothing feels as refreshing as savoring a glass of sweet sangria on a clear summer day! Whether you’re at a bar or enjoying the sun at a picnic, a glass of sangria is a must!
Originating in Portugal and Spain, sangria has become a popular drink throughout the world. Here’s a little information regarding this delicious alcoholic beverage.
Sangria simply means “blood,” in Spanish. Why is it named sangria? Because the drink uses red wine as its base.
However, over the years, people have also started using other alcohol bases for making sparkling sangrias, white wine sangrias, rosé sangrias, etc.
No matter the type of sangrias, it is common for people to make this fruit punch in heavy quantities, only to have tons of leftovers.
If you’ve ever come across this situation, you may have wondered how long does sangria last or whether you should store the remaining sangria or just discard it. And we are here to answer just that!
To know more about the shelf life, storage, and expiry of sangria, simply read on.
How Long Does Sangria Last? Does Sangria Go Bad?
Though sangria is an alcoholic beverage, it does go bad. But how long your sangria will last typically depends on how you make and store it.
Your preparation method has to do a lot with the quality and shelf life of your sangria. Sangria requires you to add fresh pieces of fruits.
Hence, if you don’t let your fruit pieces soak in the alcohol for a certain period, your sangria is most likely to become bad in a day or two.
The general rule for preparing your sangria is to let your wine base and fruits sit in the fridge for about 12-24 hours. This is the required period for the fruit chunks to soak up in the wine completely.
Hence, this will not only enhance the flavor of your sangria but also preserve the fruits to last longer.
Sangria prepared in the right way should last for up to five days in the refrigerator. If you let your sangria sit out in the open, this may cause the wine to oxidize faster.
Therefore, it will lose its quality at a quicker rate until it becomes rancid. This is why you should always store your leftover sangria in the fridge.
Even better, make sure to store your sangria in an airtight container. However, if you’re planning to use up the entire sangria in a day or two, you can simply keep it in a pitcher and cover it with a plastic wrap.
Having said that, if you really want to take all possible steps to ensure that your sangria remains fresh and unaltered, it is best to store them in containers that come with screw-on caps.
The shelf life of sangria may vary depending on the kind of wine base you use. If you made white wine sangria, it could last for 5-7 days in the refrigerator.
On the other hand, you should finish up full-bodied white or red wine sangrias within 3-5 days.
How to Tell if Sangria is Bad?
You shouldn’t store sangria out in your pantry. Also, you shouldn’t leave it open. That’s because your wine will come in contact with oxygen.
And when it does, the oxidation process will start, and the sangria will start losing its vibrancy and flavor. If it is in constant contact with oxygen, your sangria may eventually become more acidic and turn into vinegar.
Drinking sangria that has gone bad may not lead to other severe health issues other than its off and flat taste. However, this doesn’t mean you should continue drinking bad sangria as it may make you sick in some way or the other.
Here are some tips you can use to tell if sangria has gone bad:
Sangria that has started to lose its quality will tend to change its color. Red wine may appear orange and white wine may become yellowish.
However, if the change in color is mild, you can still consume your sangria unless it shows other signs of spoilage.
Sangria that has gone bad will give off an odd odor. So, watch out for that!
If you stored your sangria mixed with fruits, you should check the quality of your fruits as well. Sangria that contains rancid fruit chunks may lead to mold developments.
Fruits that have become brown or squishy in the sangria may also indicate that it’s time to toss your sangria in the trash.
While storing your sangria in the fridge, you can add a few slices of fresh fruits. This will retain the flavor of the sangria for the next few days.
Did you know? You even have the option to freeze sangria if you want to store it for up to a week or two. Simply remove the fruit chunks (you can leave out berries if you want to) and pour the sangria into the ice-cube tray, and put it in the freezer.
Once frozen, you can pack all the sangria cubes in a freezer or plastic bag and store them in the freezer.
Now that you know all about sangria's shelf life, here are some delicious sangria recipes that you may want to try out this season! And if you don’t already know, sangria is not just delicious but quite healthy too!