September 7, 2011
Greetings! So how did you spend your Labor Day weekend? What did you make? I came up with two tasty contributions to take to a cookout on Sunday – black bean and corn pasta salad and sly, white peach sangria. I made the pasta salad using items I just happened to have in my kitchen (black beans, fresh corn, whole grain macaroni, bell peppers, cilantro, grape tomatoes, garlic, white onions, olive oil, and lemon juice). It was fresh-tasting and delicious, but this post is about the unassuming sangria.
I call my white peach sangria sly because it’s a deceptively coy drink with its charming strawberries and dainty sliced white peaches looking oh, so cute from the pitcher and glass. If you spot it on the table at a daytime BBQ, it will have you thinking, “oh nice, sangria — a light adult thirst quencher.” However, this little fruity beverage sneaks up on you. Just give it 15 to 20 minutes. After taking a sip, even your most snobbish “real drinker” guest will say wow as he looks with a double-take into his glass.
You’ve been warned. This sangria is very yummy and aesthetically appealing, but feel free to add another cup or two of juice if the mild buzz it provides is not-so-mild for you. Enjoy!
White Peach Sangria
8 – 12 Servings
1 bottle of prosecco (750 ml)
1 bottle of white wine such as pinot grigio (750 ml)
2 cups of white grape juice
Juice from 1 – 2 white peaches, freshly pressed
(try bottled peach juice/nectar if you don’t have a juicer)
1/2 cup triple sec
1/4 cup brandy
Juice of a half lemon
Fresh berries and sliced white peaches, with skin on
Add all ingredients, including fruit, to a large pitcher in the order listed. Stir well and refrigerate for several hours. Serve in glasses garnished with fresh berries and sliced peaches.