Today's Tasty Treat: White Sangria

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
When I think of Sangria, I always think of red wine. For good reason, in Spanish the word "sangria" means a red wine sweetened with orange juice, lemon and soda water.

So, I was pleasantly surprised when I was introduced to white sangria. My girlfriend Nancy first turned me on to it when she served it at a party she hosted. One sip, and I was hooked. Ever since I've been craving it. I finally asked her for the recipe a few weeks ago, and last weekend I whipped up a batch.

One word: YUM!


1 1/2 cups mixed colorful bite-size pieces of fruit. I used cherries, apples, and peaches. You can use just about any fruit including grapes, melons, and pears.

1/3 cup sugar (or simple syrup*)

1 750-ml bottle crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio

1/8 cup brandy

2 tablespoons Triple Sec, or other orange-flavored liqueur

3/4 cup sparkling water or club soda

Ice cubes

Mint sprigs, for garnish

1. Wash fruit and cut into bite-sized pieces.
2. Place fruit into a large pitcher and add sugar. Mix well and let stand for 15 to 30 minutes to draw out the juices.

3. Add wine, brandy, Triple Sec (or other orange liqueur) to the pitcher. Just prior to serving, add sparkling water (or club soda) into the pitcher. Add ice cubes to 6 glasses. Fill the glasses with the sangria, spooning some of the fruit into each glass. Garnish each drink with a sprig of mint.

*Note: Simple syrup can be substituted for the sugar. To make a simple syrup, heat 1/4 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool. Cooled syrup can be refrigerated up to 2 weeks.

Enjoy it...compliments of my dear friend Nancy!

Please drink responsibly.

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