Master Sommelier Will Costello recently introduced us to something called a porrón, which looks like a cross between a decanter and a watering can. Porróns have been around for over a hundred years, and are usually made of glass. They contain two openings, one to pour liquid into and another to drink out of. A porrón is a communal wine vessel native to Spain, and was originally created to eliminate the need for cups. Costello noted that not only are they environmentally friendly, they can also create a fun group activity. Because there is always the potential for spillage and splatter, he recommends using them outdoors, most notably poolside.
The most important rule when using a porrón is not to put your lips directly on the spout, which should make all of our germaphobic friends out there very happy. To use a porrón like a pro, start with the spout close to your mouth and begin pouring. Then pull the porrón away from your face without breaking the stream of wine. The greatest achievement in “porróning” comes with a full extension of the arm.
Essentially anything can be “porróned.” Red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, beer, fruit punch, you name it! Costello’s favorite beverage to enjoy out of a porrón is a combination of Corona and San Pellegrino Limonata, and he encourages everyone to be creative in finding their own beverage of choice. Another tasty option for summer could be red of white sangria. We recommend the following recipe:
(1) 750 ml bottle of Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel or Shiraz are alternative options)
(1) Lemon cut into wedges
(1) Orange cut into wedges
(2) Tbsp sugar
(1) Shot brandy
(2) Cups ginger ale or club soda
Pour the wine in a pitcher, squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges, leaving out the seeds if possible, and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving. If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.
If you don’t happen to own your own porrón, you can find one online for less than $25 at www.tienda.com. We purchased several for a recent pool party, and had a blast perfecting our technique. If you’d like to witness our skills firsthand, visit our website, twinkletoast.com, and click on “The Basics” for our 60 second video. Salud!