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In the Iberian Peninsula, in both Spain and Portugal, a legally protected name for a flavoured mixed wine drink that is roughly equivalent to a punch. The name means "bloodletting" and refers to the red colour (from sangre = blood). The traditional mixture of a sangria consists of two-thirds red wine, to which one-third mineral water or fruit juice, citrus fruits cut into small pieces, sugar, spices and sometimes brandy are added. The alcohol content must not exceed 12% vol. In the white version known as "Clarea" (Sangria Blanca), white wine or sparkling wine(Cava) is used as the base. The name "Sangria" must always be accompanied by the words "produced in..." followed by the name of the country of production, unless the drink was produced in Spain or Portugal (in the case of Clarea, this only applies to Spain). A version blended with brandy is called Zurra. Sangria should not be confused with the Mexican vegetable drink sangrita, which is often served with tequila. See also under wine-based drinks and mixed wine drinks, and also under special wines.

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