Wednesday, August 1, 2012

White Wine Sangria

Temperatures at our house over the past few weeks have been over 100 degrees… and the forecast for the next week shows mostly 104-112 degrees – that’s HOT! It’s the perfect time for cold and fruity sangria by the pool… or in the air-conditioned house when 112 degrees becomes too hot to handle! I have to confess that I do enjoy these super high temperatures (I really dislike being cold). I’d rather be wearing shorts and a tank top than boots, gloves, and a winter coat.
Does it also count as a healthy drink because it contains fresh fruit??!  I hope so. But regardless of the health benefits, it’s delicious – so indulge a little while trying to keep cool in the heat of the summer.
White Wine Sangria
1 bottle white wine (I typically use a Riesling or Muscato)
1/2  cup orange liqueur (Grand Marinier or Triple Sec work well)
1/4 cup simple syrup*
1/4 cup apple juice
1 cup seltzer water (or you can use 7-up or another lemon-lime soda)
1 nectarine, sliced
1 granny smith apple, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries
* To make the simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat until almost boiling and all sugar is dissolved. Cool completely and store in a sealed container.
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend. Serve cold with a little ice being sure to include some fruit in each glass.
You can also add other fruits or substitute with your favorites. Try pears, limes, lemons, peaches, raspberries, etc. Experiment with different fruits for various flavors – I’m sure they’ll all be delicious. Enjoy!

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