When we are entertaining, I love to serve a pretty, yet tasty, cocktail. I always have the standards on hand (wine, beer, bourbon, etc) if someone prefers their usual drink, but I think a little somethin’ special raises the fun level for the evening. Last week-end when we had some friends over for dinner, I had a pitcher of white sangria waiting for them (and us) when they rang the doorbell.
White sangria is made with white wine, my drug of choice. I specifically like Pinot Grigio and so that’s the wine I used. You can easily follow this same recipe and substitute red wine. Actually, red sangria is more popular than the white version. I checked several recipes on-line for the concoction and then blended my own version.
1 bottle white wine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange liqueur
1/2 cup rum
Various fresh fruits (You can use apples, oranges, lemons, grapes, peaches, and/or pineapple)1 bottle of tonic water or club soda
– Slice the fruits that you want to use. For the large pitcher that I used, I sliced one orange, one apple, and some grapes.
– Stir together sugar, liqueur, rum, and wine in a pitcher till the sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate till serving time. This will give the fruits and liquid a chance to absorb each others’ flavors.
– At serving time fill your glass about 1/3 of the way with the tonic water or club soda. Top it off with the wine mixture and stir gently. Add a piece of fruit as a garnish. Please drink responsibly.
Have a great week-end. Jordan will be here Monday with a post/flash-back from June, 2013.