Monday, April 2, 2012

What I'm Drinking: Is It Summer Yet? White Sangria

After a week of summer-like temperatures a while back, we have since returned to a decidedly-brisker weather pattern. However, I am fully ready to embrace warmer temperatures. Even though it's just 57 degrees outside, I figure now is as good a time as any to make up a pitcher full of white sangria. I looked to a few recipes for inspiration, but ended up making up my own version of this refreshing summertime drink.

Is It Summer Yet? White Sangria (printer-friendly version)
alternate title: Is There Too Much Fruit in My Wine? White Sangria
makes one large pitcher

750 mL white wine (I used a super-classy (ha!), yet wallet-friendly chablis)
1 cup 100% white grape juice
1/2 cup brandy
1 cup halved green grapes
1 cup quartered strawberries
1 peach, cut into bite-size pieces
1 granny smith apple, cut into bite-size pieces
1 orange, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces.
1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds

1. Pour the wine into a large pitcher.
2. Add in the grape juice and brandy; stir to combine.
3. Carefully drop in the chopped and sliced fruit.
4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight.
5. Add ice cubes to the pitcher just before serving. (If you're feeling super-special, add in a cup of sparkling fruit juice or Italian soda before serving as well.)

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