I don’t know about you, but I love sangria. I don’t think there is a more perfect summer drink. It’s light and fruity and just what I want to drink with a nice big salad or grilled seasonal veggies and it’s great to take along to a BBQ or dinner party instead of the standard bottle of wine or six-pack of beer. My go-to recipe uses pinot noir and it’s pretty simple, but the best thing about sangria is that you can easily change up one or two elements and have a completely different drink every time. Tonight I thought I’d whip up a pitcher of white sangria as a little treat. I stuck with the lemon/lime/orange combo that’s pretty standard for most sangrias, but swapped out my pinot noir for some pinot grigio and threw in some different fruit. It’s pretty darn good if I do say so myself, and it was super easy to make- including chilling time, it was about 25 minutes from slicing to sipping. I usually use strawberries in my red sangria, but the crisp pinot grigio pairs really well with some tart Granny Smith apples and sweet peaches.
Read on for the super simple recipe.
-Slice 1/2 of a lime, 1/2 of a lemon, and 1/2 of a cara cara orange, and dice 1/2 of a Granny Smith apple, 1/2 of a peach, and 1/2 of a white peach. Throw it all in a pitcher.
-Add 1 1/2 bottles of Pinot Grigio (don’t worry about using a fancy or expensive wine- after you mix it up with the fruit and liquor, you can’t really taste the difference. I used Barefoot’s Pinot Grigio. Now, I don’t usually brag about how cheap the wine I buy is, but… it was $4.99.) Anyway, add one tiny bottle of brandy (2 shots), and 1 shot of peach schnapps. If you’re looking to pack a little more punch, up the schnapps to 2 shots, but don’t be fooled- this recipe will get ya as-is.
-Chill for 15 minutes.
-Add 1 cup of ginger ale and mix it all up before serving. (Be sure to stir everything well so the liquor doesn’t settle.)
-Pour over ice, garnish with a little piece of apple, a little piece of peach, and an orange twist, et voilà!
Now go find a porch and a good book and you’ve got a perfect evening ahead of you!