I always like to have a special drink for our guests when we entertain. Recently, we had some good friends over for dinner before the four of us went to see a musical being performed at our neighborhood playhouse. We saw The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee. Mr. Right and I saw it in New York City a while back and enjoyed seeing it again. It’s really cute, poignant, and funny all at the same time. The drink I mixed up for us was a peachy summer sangria, and I found the recipe in the Chevy Chaser, a monthly magazine published for residents in our neighborhood. Both men and women like sangria, and I hoped it would be a hit, and it was.
- 1 bottle white wine (Chardonny or Pinot Grigio)
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur
- 1 peach, halved, pitted, and cut into small wedges
- 1 orange, halved and cut into thin slices
- 1 pint blackberries
- 1 lime, thinly sliced into rounds
- 1/4 cup sugar (more if you want it sweeter)
- A splash of club soda
- Mint leaves for garnish
- Cut all fruits and add to a large pitcher. Lightly muddle to release the oils from the fruit.
- Add wine, orange liqueur, sugar, and bourbon.
- Cover sangria and place in refrigerator to chill at least four hours; overnight is best
- When ready to serve, add ice to glass, fill with sangria and a few slices of marinated fruit, then top with a splash of club soda and mint.
- Serves 4
Sangria is great with any meal. It doesn’t need to be served with a Mexican feast. Since we were having a quick meal before the play, I served beef barbeque, spicy Asian slaw, corn and tomato salad, and homemade chocolate pudding for dessert. We all loved it.