ModernHostess: Summer Sangria
My favourite season of the year is fast approaching – SUMMER! Those of us who have to live through winter know how much we look forward to this time of year. Most of us can’t wait to start wearing flip flops and have a drink on a patio. I just love a fruity, summery cocktail, whether I’m entertaining or just chilling on my balcony on a hot summer afternoon.
When I think of summer, I immediately think of one drink: Sangria, a wine-based punch that typically includes orange juice and fresh fruit. Sangria is a wonderful thing to enjoy out at a bar, but it’s so easy to create your own version at home. Plus, when you make it yourself, you can fill it with all your favourite flavours.
You can make sangria with red, white or rosé wine, and although in most bars you’ll often find citrus fruits in your pitcher, you can actually add pretty much any fruit you want to it. If you prefer white or rosé wine, I would recommend mild, light-fleshed fruit like apples, pears or green grapes. If you go with the classic red, bolder fruits like berries, peaches or plums are a great addition. Something magical happens to the fruit while they soak in the punch… they plump up and absorb all the delicious flavours from the wine and juice. It’s even better if you can leave the fruit to soak overnight. Be prepared for a party in your mouth!
Summer will be here soon… are you ready?? Prepare yourself by tasting this sangria the next time you have some friends over. Enjoy!
-1 Chilled bottle of young, fruity wine (recommended: Beaujolais (red), Sauvignon Blanc (white), Pinot Grigio (white), Cabernet Sauvignon (red), Reisling (white), or anything sparkling).
-The juice of 2 oranges or about ½ cup orange juice
-Splash of brandy (or other sweet liqueur)
-Fresh fruit of your choice, sliced.
-Club soda, ginger ale, or other carbonated drink (optional; omit if using sparkling wine)
Pour wine into large pitcher. Add juice and brandy. Stir. Add fruits and allow to soak, in the fridge, for at least 10 minutes (the longer, the better). Just before serving, top with club soda or ginger ale. Pour into ice-filled wine glasses.