Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sangria.

I have been so excited about summer and warm weather lately that I thought it was time to make a batch of sangria. I usually make a red wine sangria, but felt like that might be a bit heavy yesterday so I switched it up a bit and made it white. I love the combination of citrus with pineapple and peaches and this was my inspiration for this recipe. You can really use any combination of fruit that you like, and berries are always a welcome addition. I like my sangria a bit tart, but if you like yours a little more sweet, then add some extra sugar. The overall flavor of this recipe is peach/apricot but it could be easily changed to pineapple if you just use pineapple juice in the place of the apricot nectar. In other words, you really can’t go wrong here, just add and taste and adjust to your liking. I know it’s cloudy again today, but if you make a pitcher of this and sit on the couch with a good book and blanket it just might feel like summer!

White Wine Sangria

2 Lemons
2 Limes
1 Orange
1 Fiji Apple
3 Peaches
1/2 of a Pineapple
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 cup Brandy
12-Ounce Can Apricot Nectar
1.5 Litre Bottle Sauvignon Blanc (Don't worry about using nice wine for Sangria!)
12-Ounce bottle of club soda
1 Bottle Champagne

Cut the lemons, limes, orange, peaches, pineapple and apple into thin slices and place in a large container.  Add the sugar, apricot nectar, brandy and white wine, stir until sugar is dissolved and taste for sweetness, adjust to taste. Just before serving add the club soda and champagne and serve chilled, you may need a few ice cubes! This recipe is pretty large and will be enough for 6-8 people. Cheers!


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