A little Fiesta and Sangria from Barcelona

A little Fiesta and Sangria from Barcelona

We are all moving a little slowly this morning at the Bunkycooks. We had much merriment last evening as more family arrived for a wedding this weekend. The bride and groom showed up yesterday just in time for a little pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration complete with all sorts of appropriate decorations, foods and sangria! We know how to do things right around this house!

We are still cleaning up the gigantic mess in the kitchen this morning, but it was great fun (as proved by the slow motion of our bodies this morning). I am waiting anxiously on a large pot of much needed coffee as I write this…

The weather was perfect for our little fiesta last evening, so we were able to sit outside and have our party on the back deck. That way, all the neighbors could enjoy our party, too! There was much laughter as several family members met the groom to be for the first time and he was totally freaked out by us crazy people met them. Of course, I was in the kitchen cooking much of the time, so all I heard was the laughter (not really sure what all was said). I just know that they had fun! At least I had the sangria in the kitchen with me!

I will be sharing the dishes that we had over a few posts (gotta get the mileage I can outta this little shindig). I will tell you that we had some amazing guacamole. I always use Ina Garten’s recipe and there is never one bite left! It is so good! Of course, we had to wash all those nibbles down with some beverage, so I made sangria!

I have several great sangria recipes that I usually go to, but not this time! I wanted to try to make the sangria that we had in Barcelona last year at Cerveceria Catalana. This is a great tapas restaurant and was highly recommended by many sources (for a good reason!). It was packed the evening we were there, so we had a few tapas and some sangria at the bar before getting seated. I don’t remember the names of our bartenders, but we did take a picture of them!

Anyway, their sangria was very good, so I decided to ask how they made it (being the curious little person that I am). Well, they were very nice to tell me what they put in the mix, but they didn’t tell me the proportions. So what I received on a little piece of paper was “Red wine, Gin, Orange juice (or orange Fanta), Lemon-Lime Fanta”. Of course, there were some chunks of fruit and ice, but this was very different from what I usually put in my sangria. I also am not sure that was everything they used (would they really give up the secret recipe?!). Whatever was in that little pitcher…it sure was good, so I decided to try to make some at home!

After much playing around, stirring, adding a bit of this and that (more that), using Sprite (I could not find lemon-lime Fanta here)…I think I got it! Whatever I did…it was really tasty! It definitely was very close to the sangria we had there. We all drank it (every bit of it!) and are semi-living proof of that this morning!

Since I am missing Barcelona (as I write this), here is another picture from our trip (I actually have a few on my blog). This one is from Park Guell (which is the creation of the very famous Antoni Gaudi). His architecture can be found all over Barcelona. Much of it is truly breathtaking.

Well, I must get going as it is another wild day here at our house. Much to do, much to cook. It is Cinco de Mayo after all, so I am sure that we will have a bit more appropriate food and drink to accompany the day. In that case, I think I need a little (Click here!) “Arriba! Arriba! Andale! Andale!”, which in English means “Get going! Get moving!”.

I hope you have a happy Cinco de Mayo!


Serves 8-10


2 bottles of Tempranillo (Spanish wine)
1/2 cup Triple Sec (or gin)
1 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup Sprite
3/4 cup orange Fanta
1/2 cup sugar (more or less, to taste)
Fresh fruit, cut up (I used oranges, lemons and limes)


Mix all ingredients together except for ice. Let flavors mingle together for an hour or more, if you can. Taste to check for sugar. Add ice and stir.

Serve in tall glasses over more ice. Be sure to put a piece of fruit or two in each glass.


30 Responses to “A little Fiesta and Sangria from Barcelona”

  1. 1

    5 Star Foodie — May 5, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    Sangria sounds super refreshing and perfect on this warm Cinco de Mayo day! Looking forward to seeing the dishes from your fiesta!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 5th, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

      Hi Natasha,

      Thank you! We had some really yummy things on the menu (especially the dessert!). :)


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    pegasuslegend — May 5, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    So much fun this looks great!!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 5th, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

      I appreciate your comment Claudia! We did have fun.

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    Tania — May 5, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    Sangria is very tasty, great fiesta!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 5th, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

      Thank you! We had a really fun evening.

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    Joy — May 5, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    I love sangria. That is probably the only liquor I could handle 😀

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 5th, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

      It still made some of us a bit silly…it catches up quickly!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — May 5, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    Looks tasty ; ) Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 5th, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

      Happy Cinco de Mayo to you as well! Hope it was a good one with lots of sangria or mojitos! 😉

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    sweetlife — May 6, 2010 @ 12:21 am

    great sangria..I must try this, it would hit the spot with this texas heat..glad everyone enjoyed themselves at the party, can’t wait to see your future posts.


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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — May 6, 2010 @ 3:44 am

    Felize Cinco de Mayo Gwen! Lovely post and gorgeous photos as always!

    I have something for you – not an award, but a thank you. Hope you come over to take a look :)

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    Julia — May 6, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    As I am reading this I am drinking my pot of coffee, yes, pot not cup. You had yummy sangria, I had yummy maragitas with fresh lime and agave. And we BOTH had Ina’s guac, which means both ate too much guac b/c it is soooo good!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

      So, true! Good guacamole is addictive. So are glasses of sangria and margaritas!!! I think we both had a long morning after all of that! 😉

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    pachecopatty — May 6, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    love the combination of Tempranillo & orange fanta, danger will robinson,
    beautiful post!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

      It can be dangerous…if you have too much! 😉

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    krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com — May 7, 2010 @ 1:05 am

    that is gorgeous! what a fun fiesta that was. it’s been awhile since we’ve made sangria. thanks for your recipe! it’ll come in handy next time i’m thirsty!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

      Thank you for the comment, Krissy.

      We had fun that night! Give the sangria a try. It is a great recipe.

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    Sara — May 7, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    Love Sangria and I can’t wait to go to Spain in June and have it there!!! Love your site…great recipes & gorgeous pics!!! :)

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

      Thanks so much, Sara. We loved Spain and I can’t wait to go back! Have a great trip in June. I hope you are going to Barcelona.

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    Devaki — May 7, 2010 @ 9:05 pm

    Dear Gwen – I love Gaudi’s architecture and love the pics on your blog from your trip. What a wonderful thing you did for the bride & groom on Cinco de mayo & I can’t think of a better drink than a pitcher of Sangria.

    Yum! The pics are stellar as usual as well :)


    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

      Thank you Devaki!

      The Cinco de Mayo party was fun and I do like the sangria recipe very much. It is quite different from the ones I generally use, but reminded me of beautiful Barcelona!

      Happy Mother’s Day to you as well! I hope someone will cook for you or make a reservation! :)


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    Ivan — May 7, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    Looks like fun! I like the guac recipe you used. I generally tend to just wing it myself. lol I’m going to look around for a pico de gallo recipe to try. If you have any suggestions, let me know.

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

      Thank you for the comment, Ivan. I love the guacamole recipe. It always is delicious! I have not made my own pico de gallo, so I cannot help you on that one. I am sure there are some good recipes out there. Finding great tomatoes will be more of a challenge.

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    Jenn @ Defunkt Gourmet — May 7, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

    Oooooooooh, I wonder if this would be good to have while making macarons tomorrow morning???? Probably not, but you never know. It could induce some inspiration 😉
    Looks oh so lovely.

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    Cinda — May 10, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    What a great Fiesta! The sangria looks amazing. The last time I had sangria was the time I went to the farmer’s market with my mum and we went through a few glasses before leaving the market… fun times!

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    Tara Carpenter — July 28, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

    Also while in Barcelona last year, we watched as bar tender prepared Sangria, and this bar tender added Brandy, as well as Triple Sec to the Red Wine… and lemon-lime soda and fruit.

    • bunkycooks replied: — July 30th, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

      That sounds so good right now! I haven’t had sangria since May (and its now the end of July). Your comment reminded me that it’s been awhile!

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