Sweet Red Kid Sangria Punch
Sweet Red Kid Sangria Punch
Sangria is a punch commonly consumed in Spain and Portugal during summertime. It’s typically made of wine, brandy, chopped fruit, and a sweetener; however, this kid-friendly version omits the alcohol but Keeps the fun!
Happy & Healthy Cooking,
Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills
- combine :
to merge two or more ingredients into one mixture, like a batter of flour, eggs, and milk.
- measure :
to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).
- stir :
to mix together two or more ingredients with a spoon or spatula, usually in a circle pattern, or figure eight, or in whatever direction you like!
- Cutting board + kid-safe knife
- Citrus juicer (optional)
- Liquid measuring cup
- Wooden spoon
Sweet Red Kid Sangria Punch
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- 3 C grape juice
- 1 C frozen diced pineapple
- 1 C sparkling water
Sweet Red Kid Sangria Punch
squeeze + combine
It’s party time with this kid-friendly drink recipe! Cut 1 orange and 1 lemon in half and squeeze all the juice from them into a pitcher. (You can also place slices of lemon and orange in the drink for added flavor!) Then, add 3 cups grape juice, 1 cup frozen pineapple, and 1 cup sparkling water to the pitcher and stir.
serve + cheers
Serve over ice or as is! Feel free to always add more or different fruits to your Sangria. This party drink is versatile and supposed to be different each time you make it. Salud!
Hi! I'm Grape Juice!
"As you can probably guess, I come from grapes! You might think you would have to press each individual grape to squeeze out its juice one at a time, like a lemon or orange, but there's a much easier way! You can take a bunch or bunches of grapes and crush them with a potato masher, your hands, or even your feet (outside only, please), and watch the juice appear in your bowl or bucket!"
- Grape juice is the result of crushing or mashing grapes. The varieties typically used are dark blue to purple Concord grapes for purple grape juice or green Niagara grapes for white grape juice.
- Grapes have natural sugars, so added sugar is usually not necessary.
- During commercial production, the grape bunches are put into a large drum, and the stems and leaves are mechanically removed. They are then crushed and go through holes in the drum. The stems, leaves, and other remaining bits are cleared. The crushed grapes are heated to 140 degrees F, pressed to extract the juice, and then filtered. The filtered juice is heated to 185-190 degrees F and then cooled to 30-32 degrees F before being stored in tanks. This process pasteurizes the juice. Sometimes it has to go through a second pasteurization before it is stored.
- If you are making grape juice at home, you want to rinse and destem the grapes and remove any spoiled or wrinkled grapes before mashing. You then put the mashed grapes and juice in a large, heavy pot with a flat bottom and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring and mashing any uncrushed grapes as they cook. Next, put a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth over another pot and pour or ladle the mashed grapes mixture into the sieve to filter the solid materials from the juice. Let it sit for a few hours to strain all the liquid (refrigerated, if possible). Store your grape juice in the refrigerator for about a week.
- If you don't drink your homemade grape juice within a week, it may start to ferment. It can turn slightly sour, and you may see a few gas bubbles. As long as it doesn't turn to vinegar, it should be okay to drink, but you may not want to make too big a batch so you can drink it before fermentation begins.
- Grape juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, which boosts immunity! It is also rich in manganese, a nutrient that helps with bone, tissue, nerve, and brain function!
- Flavonoids and polyphenols are plant compounds found in grape juice. They act as antioxidants, helping our bodies to fight the effects of stress and inflammation, which is good for our hearts!
What is Sangria?
- Sangria is a red wine punch from Spain and Portugal. European Union rules say that only those two countries are allowed to label their drinks "Sangria." It is one of the most popular drinks in Spain.
- The Spanish word "sangria" means "bleeding" in English. This term for the drink goes back to the 18th century.
- Sangria usually consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. To make it, first add a variety of chopped or sliced fruits, such as orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwi, and mango. Then add a sweetener, using honey, sugar, simple syrup, or orange juice. Finally, you can pour in red wine, brandy, or non-alcoholic drinks like seltzer or lemon-lime soda over the fruit. Sangria is served throughout Spain and Portugal during summer and in the southern and eastern parts of the countries year-round. For kids, we leave out the wine and keep the fun!
Let's Learn About Spain!
- Spain is on the Iberian peninsula in Europe. Its official name is the "Kingdom of Spain," and its capital is Madrid. Spain's government is a constitutional monarchy, with a king, prime minister, and parliament. The population of Spain is more than 47 million people.
- Mediterranean settlers migrated to Spain, Africa, and Europe, and a people known as the Phoenicians called the Iberian peninsula "Span" ("hidden land"), so you can see where the name Spain might have come from!
- Did you know there is more than just one Spanish language?! The official and most prominent language of Spain is Castilian Spanish. However, Spanish dialects are also spoken, such as Andalusian, Canarian, Castúo, and Murcian Spanish. In addition, there are six other regional, co-official languages recognized in the country, including Aranese, Basque, Catalan, Galician, and Valencian.
- The Mediterranean climate in Spain means that summers are hot and dry, especially in the south. However, snow can be found in the winter, especially in the Pyrenees, mountains in the north that border France.
- Soccer or "fútbol" is the most popular sport in Spain. Some of the other sports Spaniards participate in are tennis, cycling, basketball, and handball.
- Spain is known for its rich culture and exciting festivals. The Tomatina Festival is the world's biggest food fight. It's held on the last Wednesday in August every year when people throw over 100 tons of tomatoes on the streets of Buñol. The festival of San Fermin, in Pamplona, in the northern region of Navarre, is an eight-day celebration in honor of Saint Fermin, the co-patron of Navarre. The famous Running of the Bulls event occurs each morning of the festival when a small group of bulls and steers are let loose to run down fenced-off streets toward the bull-fighting ring. Young adults, often tourists, try to race ahead of the animals, dodging the bulls' horns when overtaken. Unfortunately, a few people always end up being injured during the runs.
- Spanish art, food, literature, and music have become popular all over the world. Examples are the famous Spanish novel, Don Quixote, written in the early 1600s by Miguel de Cervantes; the painter Francisco Goya's works from the late 18th to early 19th century; and Flamenco music and dance from Andalusia, first documented in 1774.
- In addition to fideuà and paella, Spain is known for its "gazpacho" (a cold veggie soup), "jamón ibérico" (dry-cured ham), "olla podrida" (a meat and veggie stew), and Manchego cheese (sheep cheese from the La Mancha region). Spanish cooks use a lot of garlic and olive oil, of which they are the largest producer.
- "Tapas" refers to a Spanish way of eating, in addition to the name of small dishes served individually as appetizers or combined to make a meal. When friends are out together, they will often share tapas plates at their table. The Spanish word "tapa" can mean "top," "lid," or "cover," and tapas may have begun as a slice of bread or meat to cover a wine glass to keep beach sand or flies out. In many parts of northern Spain, such as Basque Country and Navarre, tapas are called "pintxos" or "pinchos."
What's It Like to Be a Kid in Spain?
- Most Spanish children speak the Spanish language, also called Castilian, but some may speak Catalan, Galician, or Basque, depending on where they live in the country.
- Families are close-knit, and grandparents often take care of children if both parents work.
- Kids primarily play soccer but also play basketball, tennis, handball, or other sports. They may visit beaches, zoos, aquariums, museums, and amusement parks for fun.
- A popular breakfast is a churro with a chocolaty drink made with ColaCao. "Tortilla de patatas" (potato omelet) is also a favorite. Kids might have a snack at school since they might not have lunch until they get home, and they look forward to "la merienda," a snack between lunch and dinner that often consists of a sandwich, since dinner may not be served until 8 pm.