|Ted has used white zinfandel for his Sangria.|
Sangria is a delicious, fruit-based wine "punch" with its traditional heritage well rooted in Spain. Typically Sangria is made with red wine, fresh seasonal fruit and a bit of seltzer water or citrus flavored soda. It is very easy to make, easy to drink and a huge hit at summer parties - even for those who do not necessarily like wine. While Spain is heralded as the creator of Sangria, countries all over the globe have adapted the recipe to make a fruit-filled wine beverage that is refreshing and easy to drink with a wide variety of foods.
One of the great things about Sangria recipes is that you can use a variety of different wines in the recipe mix. It's often wines that have not been finished the day before that find their way into a Sangria recipe, or wines in the “Good Value” isle of the liquor store that make for a perfect Sangria blend.
This Sangria recipe maximizes the fruit content and adds a new twist, using a white wine, instead of the traditional reds. Hold-on to your seats for a “Fruit Punch” like flavor that is perfect for a backyard BBQ this summer.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Smoke Rise Inn Sangria Ingredients:1 Bottle of your favorite white wine (just as delicious with a good red wine if you so choose)
1 Lemon cut into wedges
1 Orange cut into wedges
1 Lime cut into wedges
1 Peach cut into wedges
1 Cup sliced strawberries
1/2 Cup lemonade or limeade
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 shots of apricot, peach or "berry" flavored brandy
2 Cups ginger ale
1 eight ounce can of diced pineapple pieces with juice (Optional)
Smoke Rise Inn Sangria Preparation:Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon, orange and lime into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sliced peaches, strawberries limeade/lemonade, sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale and ice just before serving.
If you'd like to serve right away, use chilled white wine and serve over lots of ice. However for best results, allow Sangria to sit 12-24 hours prior to consuming.
Where's your favorite spot for enjoying your glass of Sangria and savoring the sights, sounds and scents of summer? Let me know in the comments.