Our new “daughter” just arrived from Madrid, Spain this week and we are so excited. She is such a beautiful girl inside and out so I wanted to know more about her home city. Madrid has a population of about 6.5 million in the metro area and lies on the Manzanares River. It is literally and figuratively the center of Spain. As its capital, it is also the political, economic and cultural center of the country; and, it has been voted one of the Top 10 most livable cities in the world.


Sangria dates back to the 18th century. The origin may be Spanish sangre (blood), in reference to the red color or Sanskrit via the Urdu sakkari (sugared wine).
There are many recipes for this Spanish delight with many regional distinctions. Traditional recipes feature red wine mixed with various fruits, sweetened with sugar. Spanish Rioja red wine is traditional, but Sangria blanca (sangria with white wine) can also be made. Last night, we enjoyed both as we celebrated the announcement of our Spanish exchange student.